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BJP implementing Jinnah’s two nation theory through CAB: CPI(M)

NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (AGENCIES): The Congress will “tooth and nail” oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament as it is against the country’s Constitution and its secular ethos, party leaders said on Sunday.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha, made the party’s stand clear after a meeting of the Congress’ parliamentary strategy group at party president Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence here.

Apart from Chowdhury, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, chief whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh and whip Gaurav Gogoi, among others, attended the meeting.

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.

“We will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament as it is against our Constitution, secular ethos and culture,” Chowdhury told reporters.

Suresh told PTI that “we will oppose this bill tooth and nail as it is anti-Constitutional and anti-secular”.

He said it was also decided at the meeting that the party will raise the case of rape and setting ablaze of the woman in Unnao, who passed away on Friday night. The party will voice concerns over the assaults on women in various parts of the country.

Meanwhile, CPM on Sunday said that the government is implementing M A Jinnah’s two-nation theory through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and India should not become like Pakistan.

Asserting that India believes in the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family), the party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the CPI(M) will move two amendments on the proposed law when it is introduced in Parliament.

Addressing a press conference, Yechury said India is a home equally for all religions and that people of all religions must get equal treatment.

The party will move amendments seeking deletion of all the clauses which specify religion as the basis of giving citizenship, he said.

“No slide into narrow and dark sectarianism like this can be allowed. We strongly oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which gives citizenship on the basis of religion, that also to people from three countries,” Yechury said.

Another party leader, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, who accompanied Yechury in the conference said he is “shocked” at the bill for giving citizenship on the basis of religion.

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