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Each oppressed Pak refugee will get Indian citizenship: Amit Shah | India News


JABALPUR: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the government “will not rest” until each oppressed Pakistani refugee is given Indian citizenship.

He was speaking at a public meeting organised in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur to drum up support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

“Congress people, listen … Oppose (CAA) to the extent you can. But we won’t sit quiet till each oppressed refugee from Pakistan gets Indian citizenship,” he said.

“We will rest only after giving citizenship to all these people. Nobody can stop us from doing so,” he added.

“The Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian refugees from Pakistan have the same rights in India as we have,” he said.

The BJP president also said that Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya in four months.

Shah also challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to “find out the provision in the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)” which can take the citizenship away from any Indian.

Attacking the Congress party, he said: “When the partition of the country took place, the Congress party divided the country on the basis of religion.”

He said that the then leaders had assured Indian citizenship to the minority refugees from Pakistan.

“The Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Jain, who lived in both East and West Pakistan wanted to come here, but they stayed there because of the bloodshed. The leaders of our country then assured them that they will be welcome here and given the citizenship whenever they come,” said Shah.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

Times of India