‘CAA brought in by force has become a weapon of polarisation’, Jairam Ramesh targets BJP

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New Delhi: Amid a government official’s statement that the Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, was notified ‘long before’ the Lok Sabha polls were announced, the Congress on Wednesday said it was now clear that the law The aim is to inform the voters just before the elections. It is to be used as a weapon for polarization. Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh in a post on social media platform ‘X’ said that the Union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had forcibly introduced the controversial law in Parliament in December 2019.

‘Extension requested 9 times’

Ramesh said that as per the parliamentary procedure, the rules should have been prepared within 6 months to implement the law, but an extension was requested 9 times to prepare the rules. A senior Congress leader said, ‘Now we have been told that the rules will be notified before the Lok Sabha elections. It is clear that his intention was to use it as a weapon to polarize the voters just before the elections. Earlier, Congress MP Manish Tiwari said that religion cannot be the basis of citizenship in a country where secularism is included in the preamble of the constitution.

What is in CAA?

Let us tell you that under the CAA brought by the Modi government, these non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians – will be given Indian citizenship. People of religion who did not come to India till 31 December 2014 due to persecution. had come After the law was passed by Parliament in December 2019 and later received presidential assent, there were massive protests in some parts of the country. A senior government official said on Tuesday that the rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 will be notified before the Lok Sabha elections are announced.

Manish Tiwari said this.

Attaching a media report on the government official’s statement, Tiwari said on Twitter, ‘In a country where secularism is included in the preamble of the constitution, can religion be the basis of citizenship, whether within or beyond geographical boundaries? The answer is no. This was the main point of my argument when I opposed the CAA Bill in the Lok Sabha in December 2019. This is the main question in the challenge before the Supreme Court. (language)

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