He won't give an inch at CAA: Amit Shah

JODHPUR: Minister of the Interior of the Union Amit Shah on Friday he said that the Center stood firm in the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and that it would not yield an inch, even if the entire opposition joined against the NDA government in this matter.

When launching the BJP national awareness campaign to dispel CAA misunderstandings, Shah said in a rally attended by some 4,000 Hindu refugees from Pakistan : “Regardless of what the opposition does to spread erroneous information about the Law, it should not fear. We will not move an inch from our position in CAA. No one can stop their citizenship.

Shah reiterated that CAA is not a threat to the existing citizens of India. “CAA is for granting citizenship, not for cancelling the existing ones. This is for people like you, who had to flee Pakistan because of atrocities or forced conversions,” he said.

He accused opposition parties of cheating Muslims in CAA and wondered if the former president of Congress Rahul Gandhi I had read the new law. “Rahul Baba, if you have read CAA, then come discuss it anywhere. And if you have not read it, I will translate it into Italian and send you a copy to read.

Shah said there was no bigger violation of human rights than the persecution of the religious minorities in Pakistan , Bangladesh & Afghanistan . “These refugees are our own people. How can anyone object to being granted citizenship? ”, He said while pointing to net like Rahul: Arvind Kejriwal & Mamata Banerjee in his attack on the opposition.

He said beginning Saturday, BJP will take out 500 rallies across the country & reach out to three crore people to create awareness against the “misinformation” spread by the opposition on CAA. “If they (opposition parties) are protesting against the Act & misguiding people, we will also go to the masses with our side about this Act.”

Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Barmer districts are home to an estimated five lakh Hindu migrants who have been fleeing Pakistan since 1971. While many of them have got citizenship before CAA came into force, about 8,000 Hindu refugees are eligible for citizenship under the new law.