CAA to be implemented before LS polls: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Citizenship Amendment Act will be notified and implemented before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Shah, who was speaking at the ET Now-Global Business Summit, said that the CAA was an Act of the country and it has been brought to provide citizenship and not to take it away.

“CAA was a promise of the Congress government. When the country was divided and the minorities were persecuted in those countries, Congress had assured the refugees that they were welcome in India and they will be provided with Indian citizenship. Now they are backtracking,” Shah said.

Shah said that the minorities, especially the Muslims, are being provoked with CAA and dispelled any misgivings stating that the ACt is purely to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in neighbouring countries.

“Minorities in our country, and specially our Muslim community, are being provoked. CAA cannot snatch away anyone’s citizenship because there is no provision in the Act. CAA is an act to provide citizenship to refugees who were persecuted in Bangladesh and Pakistan.”

The CAA, introduced by the Narendra Modi government, aims to confer Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim migrants, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christians, who migrated from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

Following the passage of the CAA by Parliament in December 2019 and its subsequent presidential assent, significant protests erupted in various parts of the country.

Speaking about the upcoming Lok Sabha polls the home minister said that this election was about corruption against development.

“This election is not about I.N.D.I.A vs NDA. This is about corrupt governance vs. zero tolerance against corruption. This election is about those who want to secure national security vs. those who, in the name of foreign policy, endanger national security” the Union Home Minister said.

(With inputs from ANI)

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