New Delhi, Pretr. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said communal politics over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has resumed and some people are demanding its repeal. He said the law is not for taking away citizenship but for giving citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs and other persecuted minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
In a conversation while attending a mass marriage ceremony in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, Naqvi says that the legacy of cuts, commissions and corruption has been abolished during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The Union Minister further explains that some people have also demanded the restoration of Article 370, while its abrogation has resolved more than 370 problems in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and people are joining the mainstream of development. Along with this, he also took a jibe at Pakistan over reports of allegations of targeting of Muslims in India. He said that it is astonishing that Pakistan is giving speeches to India for the rights of minorities and the irony is that some political parties of India are supporting it in a conspiracy to defame the country’s inclusive culture.
He said thousands of shrines of Hindus and Sikhs were demolished in Pakistan, while in India there are lakhs of other places of worship, including temples, churches and gurudwaras, along with nearly three lakh mosques. Naqvi said that minorities have equal participation in the development of the country in India. Everyone knows that India is the best and safest place in the world for minorities.
Significantly, after the Prime Minister’s announcement to withdraw the agricultural laws, the prominent Muslim organization Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind had appealed to the government to withdraw the CAA as well. Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Amroha Danish Ali had also demanded the withdrawal of CAA without delay.