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Shah dares Rahul to show provision in CAA saying citizenship will be taken away

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. File

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

At a BJP rally in Shimla, he emphasises that the Act aims to give citizenship to minorities from specified countries.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday dared Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to come forward and present any provision in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) that says the citizenship of a person will be taken away. 

Mr. Shah, however, did not make any comment on the National Register of Citizens.

“I want to tell everyone, and especially the minorities, that the Congress and company are misleading and spreading rumours that under the CAA, the citizenship of Muslim brothers is about be taken away. I challenge Rahul baba to please come and present any single provision in the Act that mentions that citizenship of any person will be taken away,” said Mr. Shah in Shimla at a rally to commemorate the BJP’s two years of power in the State.

“I want to tell every citizen of the country that in this Act there’s no provision to take away the citizenship of anyone, not even minorities. The Act aims to give citizenship to minorities who have come from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and not snatch it [citizenship],” he said.

“You [the Congress] please do not mislead people. Don’t try to destroy the country’s peace. If you have the facts, then present them before people,” he said.

It was Mahatma Gandhi’s desire that after Partition, all non-Muslims who did not wish to live in Pakistan should be allowed to come to India. In 1950, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru entered into an agreement with his Pakistan counterpart, Liaqat Ali — known as the Jawahar-Liaquat accord — in which both agreed to protect the rights of minorities in both countries. People had fled these countries to escape religious persecution and seek refuge in India. Through the CAA, citizenship was being given to them and it would be not snatched away from anyone in the country, Mr. Shah said.

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