Amit Shah also said the recent attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is an 'answer' to those opposing the amended Citizenship Act. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Sunday slammed former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi for their stand on Citizenship Amendment Act and accused them of instigating riots by misleading people. “Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra instigated riots by misleading people over,” Shah said while addressing party workers in the national capital.
Shah even assured members of minority communities that none of them will lose citizenship due to the CAA, saying the law is about giving citizenship to persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries and not taking it away from anybody.
"You are instigating country's minority community that their citizenship will be lost. I want to tell the people from minority community that they will not lose their citizenship as CAA as no such provision to take anyone's citizenship," Shah said.
He also said the recent attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is an 'answer' to those opposing the amended Citizenship Act.
"Arey Kejriwal, Sonia ji and Rahul ji open your eyes and see how day before yesterday only, Nankana Sahib Gurdwara was attacked in Pakistan. It is an answer to all those who are protesting against #CAA. Where would those Sikhs affected in the attack go?"
Taking a swipe at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the BJP president said he came to power fives years back by misleading people with a host of promises.
Somebody can mislead people once but not all the time, he said, adding the BJP will come to power in Delhi under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis who had arrived in India by December 31, 2014 from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh due to religious persecution. Opposition parties have called the law against India’s Constitution for making religion a ground for citizenship.
The country has been witnessing protests against the amended citizenship law, with protesters arguing that the CAA in combination with other citizenship measures like NPR and NRC can be used to discriminate against people.
The Modi government has asserted that it has so far not discussed the proposal for National Register of Citizens. Shah said opposition parties have become habituated to the 'politics of opposition and vote bank' and referred to their stand against measures like the law against triple talaq among Muslim men and nullification of Article 370.
They also opposed construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said, noting that a recent Supreme Court order had paved the way for building the temple.
He asked people to give missed calls to a toll free number put out by the BJP to show their support to the CAA and slammed rumours that the number belonged to Netflix, a streaming service. This number belongs to the BJP, he said.
With PTI Inputs