Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 11
Ahead of the showdown in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed the Opposition over its stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. He also said some parties spoke Pakistan’s language without “changing a comma or full stop”, asserting that the legislation will be written in “golden letters” in history.
Addressing the BJP Parliamentary party meeting, PM Modi called the Bill “historic” like the government decision to nullify Article 370.
Quoting him, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said people who fled religious persecution had lived a life of “uncertainty” for long in India and will get “permanent relief” once the proposed law comes into effect. The meeting came on the day the Opposition pressed all its might to stall the contentious legislation in the Rajya Sabha and several parts of the Northeast saw violent protests which reverberated in the national capital and Parliament.
BJP leaders, while accusing the Opposition of “fomenting trouble”, claim that once people “understand and see the reality they will realise”. PM Modi also asked his party leaders to fight “myths” being propagated by some of the (Opposition) parties “speaking the same language which Pakistan has used without changing a comma or full stop”.
The remarks were in an apparent reference to the claims of parties such as the Congress and the Trinamool Congress that the Bill discriminated against Muslims and violated the Constitution. Pakistan PM Imran Khan too described the Bill as discriminatory and regressive.
Sources said Modi told BJP parliamentarians to bust the “myths” being spread about the Bill. He said its passage in Parliament should not be the end of the matter and they should inform the masses, especially beneficiaries, about its details.
Once the Bill becomes a law, it will be written in “golden letters” as it speaks about the change it will bring in the lives of its intended beneficiaries, he was quoted as saying.
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