AGENCIES, New Delhi: The anti-CAA agitation sweeping the nation found mention in Parliament on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a scathing attack on the Congress in particular for fanning unrest in the country.
In the course of his speech, Modi making references to Jawaharlal Nehru, Partition, the 1975 Emergency and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Prime Minister assured the House that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act would not impact any Indian citizen or harm minority interests.
The Congress, the PM said, was having problems when “our government is taking decisions on wishes of the country’s founding fathers”. Modi criticised Nehru’s policies on minorities in Pakistan after the Partition.
“For someone’s aspiration to become the Prime Minister of India, a line was drawn on the map and India was divided into two. After the Partition, the way how Hindus, Sikhs and other minorities were persecuted is unimaginable,” Modi said, replying to a debate on the President’s speech.
He said in 1950, when the Nehru-Liaquat Ali pact was signed, it said that minorities won’t be discriminated against in Pakistan. “A big, secular person like Nehru, a big visionary; and everything to you, why did he not use all citizens and not minorities? There must have been some reason,” he said.
The pact between Nehru and Pakistan Prime Minister Liaquat Ali was signed in the backdrop of large-scale migration of people belonging to minority communities between the two countries after Partition.
Modi then went to to allay fears about the CAA. “I want to clearly state that with the CAA coming, there will be no impact on any citizen of India of any faith. CAA does not affect any Indian, it doesn’t harm minority interests,” he said in his more than 90-minute long reply.
The Prime Minister said much had been said about the CAA and by those “who love getting photographed with the group of people who want ‘tukde tukde’ of India.” Hinting at the Congress, he said: “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 Indian.”