AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has accused Narendra Modi government of misleading people on the issues of Citizenship Act, National Population Register and National Register of Citizens. In an exclusive interview with News Nation, Owaisi said that NPR and NRC are two sides of the same coin. Asaduddin Owaisi explained his stand on various issues including the violence during the anti-CAA protests and his reasons for opposing NRC and NPR.
When asked whether opposing a law passed by the Indian Parliament was right, Owaisi gave the example of Emergency. He said everyone came together to oppose Emergency. He said that CAA was a black law and there was not anything anti-national in protesting against it. Owaisi added the government should decide who is an infiltrator or refugee based on someone's religion. It should divide India into Hindu vs Muslim, he said.
When asked about Mahatma Gandhi's message about allowing oppressed people from Pakistan to be given asylum in India, Owaisi said Gandhi never divided people in Hindu and Muslims. "These people should be ashamed of using Mahatma Gandhi's name to justify the Citizenship Act. Nathu Ram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi because he supported Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and peace," he said.
When asked about the reasons behind his opposition to the Citizenship Act, Owaisi said that it is against the spirit of the Constitution. Talking about the violence during the anti-CAA agitation, he said that any protests should not be violent. However, why media is not showing violence done by police. Many innocents have been killed or injured by police action, Owaisi added.
When asked about Home Minister Amit Shah's claim that NRC and NPR were not linked, Owaisi said there was no difference between NPR and NRC.
"I am telling you that NPR and NRC are two sides of a coin. The rules of NPR and NRC are the same," he said.
"These rules have been made as per the Citizenship Act, 1955 in which NPR and NRC are there.. if NPR is done in this country, NRC would also be done," Owaisi claimed.