‘States passing resolution against CAA, a constitutional blunder’: Rajnath Singh2 min read
MANGALORE: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, held the fort on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), addressing a massive pro-CAA ‘Jan Jagran Shamawesh’ rally with the aim to dispel the misinformation on the Amendment Act at Goldfinch City, Kuloor, Mangalore on January 27. The rally was organised as part of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) door-to-door campaign.
The minister addressing the gathering said, “State assemblies are passing a resolution that our state will not implement CAA. I want to suggest state governments that, please do not do this, this is a very big constitutional blunder.” West Bengal became the fourth state with Kerala, Rajasthan and Punjab to pass the resolution against the amendment on the day.
On the National Population Register (NPR), the senior BJP leader reiterated the government’s stance by stressing that no one would be forced to tell the details if they did not want to and no one would be pressurised. “There is no discussion on National Register of Citizens (NRC). There is a sense of fear being spread in the minds of the Muslim community regarding NRC,” the minister said.
The former BJP president, clarifying on why the government has not included Muslims in the list of religious minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, said, “Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan cannot have religious persecution since these states have their state religion of Islam. There is a provision under Section 6 of the Citizenship Act of India, that says a Muslim can get citizenship,” he added. The minister assured that nobody would be able to touch the Muslims who are currently citizens of this country. Later addressing the opposition, he said, “I want to appeal to all opposition and forces that want to disrupt peace using rumours, that they will not be successful in their attempt.”
Earlier, the minister who delivered his entire speech in Hindi, greeted the sea of people who had clad themselves in saffron, in Kannada and lauded the efforts of his government to dilute Article 370, the abolition of Triple Talaq and on the acquisition of the site for the Ram Mandir (temple). Mangaluru had been in the spotlight recently for anti-CAA protests; according to media reports, two people died in a police firing in December 2019 during a protest.
Anish Mandal, 27, of Kuchila and one of the participants in the rally, talking to The Manipal Journal, opined that the CAA is good for the Muslim community and is not discriminatory as it allows minority communities from other countries to get the citizenship.
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadanand Gowda, Dakshin Karnataka Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel, and former Karnataka Governor Padmanabha Acharya were also present besides others on the occasion.
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Edited by: Disha Acharya