Amid countrywide anti-CAA protests, the Prime Minister on Thursday accused the Congress and the Left of inciting people at protest sites while making it clear that the Act will neither impact any Indian citizen nor harm minority interests.
Replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha, Mr. Narendra Modi also attacked the Congress for its politics in the last seven decades, saying its politics of last 70 years has been such that no Congress leader can be self-sufficient.
'I want to state clearly that with the CAA coming, there will be no impact on any citizen of India, practising any faith. The CAA does not affect any Indian, it doesn’t harm minority interests,' he said in his more than 90-minute reply.
The motion was later passed by voice vote. The Prime Minister said much has been said about the CAA, ironically by those who love getting photographed with the group of people who want ‘Tukde Tukde’ of India.
'Those who have been removed from office by the people of India are now doing the unthinkable. They see citizens on the basis of their faith. We are different. We see everyone as an Indian,' he said.
Attacking the Congress, Mr. Modi said a person who was associated with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was made as chief minister.
'Does a party that keeps talking about secularism not remember 1984 and the anti-Sikh violence. It was shameful. In addition, they did not make efforts to punish the guilty.'
Defending the CAA, the Prime Minister said the Congress is having problems when 'our govt is taking decisions on wishes of the country’s founding fathers.'