Shah: Why have non-BJP states not seen violence?

NEW DELHI: Affirming that BJP has launched a nationwide campaign to convince people about the new citizenship law, the president of BJP and the interior minister Amit Shah On Thursday he said the protests were politically driven and asked Congress why the violence did not take place in the states where opposition parties are in office.

“Today I am making public this claim that the protests were politically motivated, which explains the fact that there was no violence in the states where BJP is not in power. Explain the intention behind the protests. Opposition parties, mainly Congress, should explain why the protests were violent only in the states ruled by the BJP, ”Shah said at a media summit here.

The Interior Minister said the violent protests took place selectively. The people of the country know well who is behind the violence, Shah said, and once again justified police action against those who engage in violence. Police cannot remain inactive if buses are burned and arson occurs, he said.

Noting that Congress and other opposition parties have no problems and are sponsoring protests to create apprehensions in the public's mind, Shah said CAA is about giving citizenship and not taking away from anyone, what people should understand and Do not fall into the trap of the opposition. He also repeated that a National Registry of Citizens at the national level is not currently being considered.

He asked Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra to explain how CAA will harm the poor and minorities. “Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra are speaking pure lies. I reiterate citizenship of no Indian will be lost due to the new law and we have launched a countrywide campaign to make people understand this, ”Shah said.

The Interior Minister also criticized opposition parties for attacking the National Population Registry, an exercise related to the census. “The criticism of some people cannot stop the country. NPR is needed to frame schemes for the poor and it is a bad service to create public doubts about this, ”he said.

He said the government relies on public support for the new law, but that the opposition managed to convince certain people against it, after which a campaign was launched to inform them, since they are being disoriented for political reasons and there was no Merit in protests.

Shah said that citizenship granted to six minorities from three neighboring countries, who had fled religious persecution, agreed with the rules and also agreed with the promises given by prominent leaders in the country as Mahatma Gandhi , Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel.

Most of the country's leaders at the time of the partition promised that religious minorities in Pakistan or Bangladesh You will be welcome in India when you come. We have ensured a decent life according to the wishes of our main leaders. They are our brothers, ”said Shah. He clarified that minorities in neighboring countries, which have settled in India, are not different from other Indians and must be accepted by the country and must be guaranteed a normal life in India.

“Minorities in neighboring countries are our own people. They were very Indian before the partition. They were assured that they will be welcome in India whenever they want, ”Shah said.

On the recent incident when Governor Arif Mohammad Khan was allegedly interrupted by historian Irfan Habib, Shah said: It is up to the state to take action against the person who interrupted the governor, which is a constitutional position. However, I say with conviction that the Indian government took the incident very seriously.

In a recent defeat, Shah said as president of the party that he is responsible for the defeat and that the party is investigating the reasons behind the loss.