Congress MP Rahul Gandhi calls CAB as awkward
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today criticised the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as a move that would "destroy the foundation" of India. His criticism comes after his party's new ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, backed the government on passing the bill in the Lok Sabha in "national interest".
"The #CAB is an attack on the Indian constitution. Anyone who supports it is attacking and attempting to destroy the foundation of our nation," Mr Gandhi said, a day after the bill to amend a six-decade-old law to make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens was passed in the Lok Sabha.
The CAB, short for Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, will be presented in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow. Many opposition parties call the proposed law discriminatory and allege that it is contrary to the basic tenet of secularism enshrined in the Constitution.
The Shiv Sena's support for the bill in an about-turn in the Lok Sabha came on the eleventh hour as the party had in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana called the CAB an instrument that could lead to an "invisible partition" in India.