Prime News, National, New Delhi, December 11:- Amid a heated debate over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said some political parties were speaking the same language as Pakistan, “including the full stop and comma.”
Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meet ahead of the debate in Rajya Sabha over the legislation, PM Modi asked the MPs to expose the opposition parties on the issue. He likened the bill to the government’s decision to nullify Article 370 and said it will provide permanent relief to minorities of neighbouring countries who arrived in India fleeing religious persecution.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, quoting Modi, said: “CAB will be a law written in golden letters” and they were confident of passing it with a simple majority. “Persecuted minorities will not only get citizenship but also have permanent residency.”
The bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday despite concerns raised by the Opposition and widespread protests in the Northeast.
Cornering the government, opposition parties have called the legislation discriminatory and in violation of the principles of equality and secularism. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)