After scoring in Kashmir, Amit Shah plays forward Hindutva again

NEW DELHI: as Lok sabha debated the citizenship amendment bill on Monday, a combative interior minister Amit Shah He refuted the accusation that the legislation violated the Constitution and said the bill was anti-infiltrator and not against Muslims.

In response to the opposition's accusation that the bill excluded Muslims while granting citizenship on grounds of religious persecution to six minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh , Shah claimed that the provisions of the legislation were in accordance with the reasonable classification under the Constitution.

He said that minority populations in these nations were left without a homeland and without benefits associated with citizenship. “Those who say that the bill violates Article 14 probably have not carefully read the work done by their own parties. All who came to India after 1947 were granted citizenship, including Manmohan Singh and L K Advani, ”he said.

“In 1971, Dandakaranya project accorded citizenship to those who migrated from Bangladesh. Even Indians displaced from Uganda were given citizenship and these legislations were done on the basis of reasonable classification of Article 14, which is being done now for people who migrated due to persecution on basis of religion, ”he said.

It was another aggressive performance by Shah on a crucial issue for Hindutva's agenda and will further strengthen his credentials as the key point of the Sangh Parivar on important issues. Not reluctant to attack his opponents by the politics of the voting bank, Shah's image as unsentimental and ideologically driven solidified with the CAB after he tested Jammu's termination and special status in the last session.

Justifying CAB, Shah referred to the border of Afghanistan and said the country shared 106 km of border with India, which was questioned by some members of the opposition. Principal desh ke bhoogol ko janta hoon ... principal yahin ka rehne wala hoon (I belong to this country and I know his geography well), said Shah and added that it was ironic that the opposition did not count Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as part of India