Owaisi hit out at Home Minister for saying that only undocumented Muslims will have to fear NRC
HYDERABAD — Asaduddin Owaisi, President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Hyderabad MP has slammed Home Minister Amit Shah for his statement that the National Registers of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented but Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees will be accorded Indian citizenship beforehand with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, reports PTI.
Owaisi has also urged Shah to read the Constitution as it prohibits granting of citizenship on the basis of religion.
“The Home Minister is saying clearly that only undocumented Muslims will have to fear NRC, while others will get Indian citizenship,” Owaisi tweeted.
According to the HM, the only people who must fear the NRC are Muslims.@AmitShah I know you’re allergic to it but read the Constitution, FOR ONCE. Religion cannot be the basis of citizenship, it’s unconstitutional & illegal https://t.co/vJTGD3vKry
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) October 1, 2019
“According to the HM, the only people who must fear the NRC are Muslims. @AmitShah I know youre allergic to it but read the Constitution, FOR ONCE. Religion cannot be the basis of citizenship, its unconstitutional & illegal,” he said.
Owaisi was referring to Shah’s comments in Kolkata where he said he would like to assure Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees that they would not be forced to leave India by the Centre. Shah was addressing a BJP seminar on the National Register of Citizens, which has hitherto remained confined to Assam.
“People of Bengal are being misled on the issue of NRC. I am here today to clear all doubts on the BJP’s stand… Mamatadi (CM Mamata Banerjee) is saying that millions of Hindus will have to leave West Bengal. There cannot be a bigger lie than this. He assured the people that nothing of this sort would happen.
“I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees they won’t have to leave the country, they will get Indian citizenship and enjoy all the rights of an Indian national,” Shah said in an attempt to dispel fears over the NRC in the state.
Amit Shah’s statement on ‘anti-Muslim’ NRC has evoked wide condemnation across India. Many people have been perturbed by this open anti-Muslims rant from no less a person than the home minister of the country.
Many took to the social media to express their anger over what they called as anti-Muslim approach to the refugee problem.
Reacting to the Shah’s statement Tamil actor, Siddharth, even called Shah “Home Monster”.
“Is it not against the constitution to tell refugees that only Muslims among them will be forced to leave India by the government? What is going on? These are the seeds of ethnic cleansing being sown in the open for all to see,” Siddharth tweeted.