BH CORRESPONDENT, Bhubaneswar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday accused the opposition of lying over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying the legislation that has triggered deadly protests across the country does not intend to strip anyone’s citizenship.
“BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), SP (Sawajwadi Party), Communist, Congress and Mamata Didi are against the CAA because they say minorities will lose their citizenship. Why are they lying? CAA is a law to give citizenship, it is not meant to take anyone’s citizenship away,” Shah said at a rally in Bhubaneswar.
Later, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hosted a lunch for the Home Minister where Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee shared a meal with Shah.
Making religion a test of Indian nationality for the first time, the CAA promises citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Shah and the BJP government at the Centre have maintained that the law only intends to help those who have faced religious persecution in the neighbouring countries.