P Chidambaram Slams PM Modi says He should select 5 critics, hold televised Q&A session on CAA
Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not talking to his critics, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday urged him to select five critics and have a televised question and answer session on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) so that people can reach their own conclusions on the amended citizenship law.
Chidambaram said that he hoped that PM Modi would respond favourably to his suggestion.
"PM says that CAA is meant to give citizenship, not take it away. Many of us believe that CAA [in conjunction with NPR or NRC] will declare many persons as 'non-citizens' and take away citizenship," Chidambaram said.
"PM talks from high platforms to silent audiences and does not take questions. We talk through the media and are willing to take questions from media persons," Chidambaram added.
PM Modi is not talking to his critics and they do not have an opportunity to talk to him, Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.
"The only way out is for the PM to select five of his most articulate critics and have a televised Q and A session with them. Let the people listen to the discussion and reach their conclusions on CAA," Chidambaram said.
Chidambaram's suggestion comes after Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday termed the CAA a "discriminatory and divisive" law whose "sinister" purpose was to divide people on religious lines, and asserted that the NPR [National Population Register] in form and content was "disguised NRC [National Register of Citizens]".