New Delhi, Dec 11: During the ongoing debate in Rajya Sabha on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Senior Congress Leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday specifically targeted Home Minister Amit Shah, saying that “Two-nation theory is not Congress theory. It was perpetrated by Savarkar” and further said that this bill gives legal colour to the two nation theory.
Sibal said, “This bill is legally tenable and morally reprehensible and said first understand the three concepts of a basis of citizen of India: a person can be citizen of India if you are born in the territory of India , your parents are born in India I am ordinarily resident in the territory of India
I was born in 1948 we were refugees our family was not born in India we were not born in Republic of India we were not citizens of India but if you are born in 1935 of undivided India you shall be a citizen of India and I had to become resident of India 6 months prior to July 1948 I would have been a citizen of India.
Kapil Sibal said, “There is a provision which says someone can acquire and terminate citizenship act. Citizenship ACt : If you are born in territory of India January 26, 1950 to July 1, 1987 shall be Citizen of India , if you are born in India from July 1987 to 2003 you shall be a citizen of India if one of your parents are citizen of India
after 2004 you shall be a citizen of India if one of your parent is citizen of India and other is not an illegal migrant.What your amendment says
Any person belonging to Hindu, Buddhist, christian parsi, Sikh from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan entered into India on before DEC 31, 2014 exempted by Central government of the passport entry into India 1920 and 1946 shall not be treated as illegal migrant for the purpose of this act. Now you are saying they are persecuted. there is no provision for persecution.”
Putting arguments, Kapil Sibal asked Amit Shah, “the illegal migrants that entered India in 1972, how will this government say they were persecuted.Religion cannot be a factor in considering if a person should be granted citizenship.”
Opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, he said when we asked Advani had said that that those who flee their country due to religious persecution or economic reason or otherwise they are bonafide refugees in India and can’t be treated on par with illegal immigrant and now you are asking illegal migrants to fill the documents that you were prosecuted to get the citizenship.”
“How will you prove that they were persecuted. How do you say, how do you know?” Kapil Sibal posed a nother question to AMit SHah.
“When some of the illegal immigrants came they said they claim they are from India and now your government (Modi led BJP government ) is asking them through this bill to tell lies by saying that you came from Bangladesh you were persecuted. What is this government doing with the Constitution of India, First you brought NRC, then removed Article 370 . We know your aim you want to know by name the religion of a person,”he said.
Retorting to Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement that no Muslim needs to worry over Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, Sibal said that no Indian Muslim is scared of the current regime.
“You made a very objectionable statement earlier. Which Muslim fears you? No Indian Muslim fears from you. Neither I nor any other citizen of the country is scared of you. We fear only from the Constitution of the country,” he said.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement “CAB wouldn’t have been needed if Congress hadn’t allowed partition on basis of religion”: “I don’t understand which history books the home minister has read. The two-nation theory is not our theory. It was perpetrated by Savarkar. Even B R Ambedkar said that instead of being against each other, Jinnah and Savarkar were in agreement that there were two different nations based on religion.”
“I request the Home Minister to withdraw that allegation because we in Congress believe in that one nation, you don’t believe in that.”
Who have no idea of India cannot protect the idea of India: Kapil Sibal attack on Modi -Amit Patriotism
Sibal attacked BJP “who have no idea of India cannot protect the idea of India. Don’t convert this country into a Jurassic republic. This Bill weakens the foundation of our culture and ethos,” Sibal said.
This bill will destabilise our polity, weakens the ethos, don;t convert this republic into jurassic republic where there are two dinosaurs referring to Modi and Amit Shah , he added.