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The Center’s latest citizenship movement, CAA’s back door entry, exposes the fascist nature of the government: Left | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center’s move to verify and approve citizenship applications of members of minority communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh living in five Indian states reveals the “fascist character” of the government and is a way of giving a ” back door entry “to the CAA. -2019, the Left parties claimed on Saturday.
The Center on Friday issued a notice in the bulletin granting powers under the existing rules to authorities in 13 districts of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab to accept, verify and approve citizenship applications from members of minority communities from Pakistan. , Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Since the Center has yet to establish rules under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, against which various sections fiercely protested, the order was issued under the Citizenship Act of 1955 and the Citizenship Rules of 2009.
Friday’s notification lists Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians as the communities that will be allowed. Applications must be submitted online.
“Subterfuge. The rules under CAA 2019 are not framed, however the central government issues a notice in the bulletin to implement them. Petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the CAA remain unheard. I hope SC will take this quickly and stop. implementation through the back door, “CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a tweet.
The general secretary of the CPI, D Raja, alleged that the measure “completely exposes the fascist character” of the current government.
He said there were large protests against CAA 2019 before the agitators relented due to the coronavirus pandemic, while some earlier protests were “crushed mercilessly.”
“It (the latest citizenship movement) shows the callousness of a government if it pursues its political agenda at a time when thousands die every day due to a pandemic. This exposes the government as callous, anti-people and anti-democracy.” added. he said.
Dipankar Bhattacharya, general secretary of CPI-ML, asked how such an order can be approved when the CAA rules are not yet in force.
“At the election rallies, the BJP leaders were ‘distributing’ citizenship as if depositing those 15 lakhs of rupees into each account. Now they are asking for refugee applications! So if you are an undocumented citizen, now you become an refugee !, are the CAA rules in effect? ​​”he said.
In December 2019, Parliament had amended the Citizenship Act to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants belonging to the Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Parsi, Christian and Buddhist, but not Muslim, communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Under this law, they will be granted fast track Indian citizenship in six years. Until now, 12 years of residence has been the standard eligibility requirement for citizenship by naturalization.
The legislation was passed amid strong criticism from the opposition, which has called it discriminatory, and sparked massive protests across the country.

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