BJP working president JP Nadda on January 4 asked former Congress president Rahul Gandhi to speak 10 lines on Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) and two on his objection to the CAA.
Nadda said this while addressing a meeting of the booth level workers of the party in Assam on Saturday.
“They (Congress) are taking that passport will be demanded, Aadhaar card will be demanded etc. This is ignorance about CAA. We are giving citizenship and not taking away someone’s citizenship through CAA,” said Nadda.
“CAA is only giving citizenship to those who are already here during the tenure of Congress. CAA is not bringing any new people. We are only allowing those people (who are already here) to live with dignity,” he said.
“You (Rahul Gandhi) are biased. For you vote is above the country but for us our country is above vote and politics,” Nadda said attacking the former Congress president.
The veteran BJP leader said that there were 50,000 Sikhs in Afghanistan before. “Now there are only 2000 Sikhs in Afghanistan. There was 23 per cent of Hindus in Pakistan but now there are only 3 per cent Hindus in the country. So where have these 20 per cent gone? Hindus constituted 23 per cent of Bangladesh’s population but now there are only 3 per cent Hindus left. Where have they gone?” Nadda pointed out saying that CAA will only be allowing these people to live with dignity.
Nadda also justified CAA by saying that Mahatma Gandhi had stated that those finding it difficult to live in Pakistan will come to India and the government of India will arrange for it. “Jawaharlal Nehru had also stated that it is the responsibility of Indian government to give relief fund for those who were persecuted in Pakistan,” he added.
Nadda also congratulated the booth level presidents and workers of the saffron party and said that it is only the BJP which follows an ideal and wants to change the nation for betterment following an ideology. “There are 2,300 political parties in India and out of this 54 are regional parties recognized by Election commission of India and 7 are recognized as national political parties. However, interestingly, all the regional parties have become dynastic and they do not follow any ideals,” he said.
“Except for the communist party and the BJP, all other national parties have also become dynastic. If one becomes a BJP member by choice, by accident, by circumstance or by ideology, then they must thank God because of getting an opportunity to attach with an idealistic party to serve the country,” he added.