Won't withdraw Citizenship Amendment Act come what may: Amit Shah hits back at Opposition (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Amid the ongoing protests over the citizenship law, Union Home Minister Amit Shah lashed out at the Opposition saying that the Narendra Modi government won’t withdraw the law come what may. Addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, Shah said that, “Even if all these parties come together, BJP will not move back even an inch on this issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act. You can spread as much misinformation as you want.” In a message to the refugees, the Home Minister also said that, "Want to tell all refugees that your 'ache-din' are here, you are going to become Indian citizens... These refugees are as Indian as I am.”
Shah also took on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that, “don't be afraid of Mamata didi, she is only trying to save her vote bank." The Union Home Minister also slammed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot saying, “Gehlot ji, instead of opposing this (Citizenship Amendment Act) first focus on the children who are dying in Kota everyday, show some concern, mothers are cursing you.”
The attack comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the ongoing protests were against the Parliament and called on the agitators to raise their voice against Pakistan's atrocities on its minorities for the last 70 years. The Prime Minister said protecting and supporting minorities of neighbouring countries who have sought refuge in India was our cultural and national responsibility.
"Those who are protesting against the Parliament of India, I want to tell them that the need was to expose Pakistan's deeds on the world stage. If you want to protest, protest and raise voice against Pakistan's deeds for the last 70 years, you should have that guts," he said.