New Delhi, Dec 11: Amid protest in different parts of the country over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said "today marks a dark day in the Constitutional history of India". In a statement, issued moments after the CAB passed in Rajya Sabha with 125 votes favourable and 105 against, Ms Gandhi further said, the passage of the bill marks the victory of 'narrow minded and bigoted forces over India's pluralism'.
"The bill fundamentally challenges the Idea of India that our forefathers fought and, in its place creates a disturbed, distorted and divided India, where religion becomes a determined of citizenship,'' she stated.
The Congress president observed that the CAB was not just an affront to the eternal principles of equality and religious non discrimination that have been enshrined in the Constitution and added that "but represents a rejection of an India that would be a free nation for all her people, irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed language or ethnicity". "In its design its grave implications, this flawed legislation is antithetical to the spirit of the freedom movement and violative of the soul of our nation,'' she asserted. Ms Gandhi affirmed that India is a nation that has been historically offered refuge and protection to the persecuted of all nations and of all faiths.
"We are a proud nation that has never been broken by the insecurity of a few, for we have always stood firm with the knowledge that free India can only remain free if her people are liberated , if her voices are heard, and if our institutions, our government and our political forces dedicate themselves securing the inalienable rights of the citizens of this country,'' she further asserted.
Ms Gandhi also said that it is an irony that the bill has been passed at a time when the whole world celebrating 150the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. She added that 'at this moment of anguish, the Congress will fight against the BJP's 'dangerously' divisive and polarising agenda'. (UNI)