Published: Fri, December 06, 2019

ILP areas of Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram out of Amended Citizenship Bill

ILP areas of Arunachal, Nagaland, Mizoram out of Amended Citizenship Bill

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.

Earlier today the Union Cabinet approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh if they faced persecution in their countries. Hence the party line on CAB is clear as far as TMC is concerned even as the floor strategy for the party will be finalized jointly with other opposition parties when they meet in Parliament on Monday morning.

"The protection of personal data is a very important subject globally", Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told a news conference after the cabinet meeting. "India - no country for Muslims", she posted from the Peoples Democratic Party chief's Twitter handle. On Tuesday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had asked the BJP parliamentary party members to be present in Parliament when Home Minister Amit Shah tables the bill next week.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Wednesday that his party would first see the bill before taking a stand on it.

"Those who believe that religion should determine nationhood. that was the idea of Pakistan", Tharoor said, calling the legislation "fundamentally unconstitutional".

"It is simple. Citizenship can not be determined by or linked to religion".

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has opposed the implementation of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) by the Centre across states right from the moment that they were initiated and has been reacting sharply to it since the NRC exercise in Assam failed to include about 19 lakh people as citizens including a majority of Hindus who were lodged in detention camps in the state. It has also been opposed on the ground that it is at odds with the Constitution, which does not differentiate between citizens on the basis of their faith.

There has been a string of lynchings of Muslims over cows, sacred for many Hindus, and other hate crimes including Muslims forced to perform Hindu chants. As an Indian Muslim, I rejected MA Jinnah's theory.

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