Congress opposed CAA due to ‘appeasement’ politics: Amit Shah

Modi honoured Hindu, Jain, Sikh refugees by granting them citizenship, says Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI Union Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday alleged that the Congress party always opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) due to its appeasement and vote bank politics.

Addressing a BJP social media volunteers meeting in Hyderabad, Shah said those who drafted the Constitution had promised that India would give citizenship to refugees who leave Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh after suffering oppression.

“Due to appeasement and vote bank politics, Congress used to oppose it. By granting citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and others, Narendra Modi ji has honoured them," he said.

The home minister noted that crores of people from Pakistan and Bangladesh had come to India to protect their faith and honour, but they were not granted citizenship.

"They felt insulted in their own country when they were not granted citizenship," he said

Shah further highlighted the abolition of Article 370, construction of the Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya, 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, abolition of instant triple talaq and the country emerging as the fastest growing economy as some of the achievements of the Modi government. 

The Union Home Ministry on Monday notified the CAA rules, just weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, to facilitate granting of citizenship for undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014. 

The rules were notified four years after the law was passed by parliament in 2019.

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