Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

"Against BR Ambedkar's Dream": Mayawati Opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill


Owaisi said the Citizenship bill was disrespectful towards Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), re-elected in a landslide in May, has always been accused of following a "Hindutva" agenda favouring officially secular India's majority Hindus.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had earlier batted for the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha, asserting that the Bill is needed so that refugees from minorities communities like the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Christian, and Parsi coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan will be eligible for Indian citizenship. It will now have to be passed by both Houses in order to become a law. "India - no country for Muslims", she posted from the Peoples Democratic Party chief's Twitter handle. "Upholding India's tradition to shelter the persecuted in the neighbourhood", he tweeted.

BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday said that her party is against the current form of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and suggested the Centre to send it to the Parliamentary Committee.

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He has also proposed a "national register of citizens" that he said this week would see "each and every infiltrator identified and expelled" from India by 2024.

Under Modi, the Islamic-sounding names of several cities have been changed, while some school textbooks have been altered to downplay Muslims' contributions to India. "There are so many Muslim and Christian countries", he told ANI. As an Indian Muslim, I rejected MA Jinnah's theory.

Taking into consideration the concerns of Northeastern states, the inner line permit areas of Arunachal, Nagaland and Mizoram and regions under the Sixth Schedule in the North East have been exempted from the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.

The opposition and political parties including Trinamool, DMK, Samajwadi Party, RJD and the Left and even regional parties like BJD, minority outfits and civil societies have been against the bill claiming it to be "unconstitutional" to grant citizenship on a religious basis.

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