Jalandhar, Jan 5: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday lambasted at the opposition especially the Congress for generating an exaggerated fear among Muslims on the issue of implementation of Citizens Amendment Act (CAA).
Interacting with the media persons after launching a campaign to make aware the people about the benefits of the CAA, he said that it was the Congress and other opposition parties which are leading the protest demonstrations against the CAA and they are doing so only to politicize the issue and mislead the people. He said that the Prime Minister Narender Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah who is also heading the party had categorically cleared that there was nothing in the CAA to be frightened for any community including the Muslims.
He said that the CAA was yet to be implemented and on the issue of its implementation, not even a single word had been spoken by the party leadership even by the Prime Minister or the Home Minister. Discrimination against any community is not the aim of the CAA. It has only been an amendment in the Citizenship Act of 1955 and had not been replaced by the CAA entirely. The basic scheme and structure of the Citizenship Act remained as before. Only the persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been accorded special dispensation.
Citing the incident of Nankana sahib vandalism, the chief minister said that the incident was enough to prove that the minorities in Pakistan and other Islamic countries were subjected to inhuman and step motherly treatment.
On the issue of National Citizens Register, he said that the opposition was making hue and cry in vain as nothing had been said on the implementation of the NRC. He said that whenever the time came, NRC will be implemented in the state. He went one step further saying that the NRC will be implemented in J&K also where article 370 had been scrapped.
In a bid to remove doubts of the Muslim community on CAA, he claimed that only one application for citizenship by a Muslim was pending with the state government as it had granted citizenship of India to as many 550 Muslims in the state during the past five years and that currently about 1500 applications for Indian Citizenship under the 1955 Act of Citizenship were pending with the state government of which one application belonged to a Muslim.
Earlier, he went door to door to meet the people telling them the benefits of the CAA in Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar, a locality dominated by the majority of BJP leaders including Rakesh Rathaur, senior vice president of the State BJP and Raman Pubby, president district unit of the BJP. (UNI)