BJP president JP Nadda on October 19 said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will soon be implemented in the country and cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for its delay.
“Due to COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of CAA got delayed. But as the situation is slowing improving, work has started and rules are now being framed. It (CAA) will be implemented very soon,” Nadda, who was speaking at a meeting in Siliguri, said.
“All of you will get the benefits of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. It has been passed in Parliament. We are committed to it,” Nadda was quoted as saying at the meeting by news agency PTI.
The contentious legislation was passed by Parliament during the winter session in December 2019, leading to widespread protests across the country.
The law grants easier citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains who came to India after facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh before 2015.