Panaji, Feb 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Goa General Secretary Narendra Sawaikar on Monday said that if Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was discriminatory then Goa Archbishop should not take benefits by claiming minority status.
In a series of tweets, he said, 'If #CAA is discriminatory than Article 30 of the Constitution of India is more discriminatory. Don't claim benefits at taxpayers money by claiming minority status! #CAA #Archbishop @DrPramodPSawant @BJP4India @BJP4Goa.' 'If #CAA is discriminatory for Goa #Archbishop, then Article 30 of the Constitution of India is more discriminatory. Don't claim benefits at taxpayers money by claiming minority status! #CAA @Pontifex,' he said.
'#Archbishop's statement is based on ifs and buts. Without any logic, reasoning & rationale. In fact #CAA is not #divisive but the #statement is,' he said. 'Let Archbishop be informed that #CAA is a law and that any law can be repealed or rescinded 1. by act of legislature OR 2. the Court striking it down. In present case the challenge is already before the SC,' he added. Mr Sawaikar is a former Lok Sabha Member from South Goa and currently NRI Commissioner in the state. The Church runs a majority of the English medium schools in Goa through Diocesan Education Society which avails financial grants from Goa government.
On Saturday, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao had demanded revocation of the Citizenship Amendment Act. The Archbishop urged the Centre to immediately and unconditionally revoke the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) and desist from implementing National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR). In a statement, he said, 'The Archbishop and the Catholic community of Goa would like to appeal to the Government to listen to the voice of millions in India, to stop quashing the right to dissent and, above all, to immediately and unconditionally revoke the CAA and desist from implementing the NRC and the NPR.' (UNI)