New Delhi, Dec 11: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is a “criminal attack on the northeast” and an attempt by the government to “ethnically cleanse” the region, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Wednesday, hours before a debate on the controversial bill in parliament.
“The CAB is an attempt by Modi-Shah Govt to ethnically cleanse the North East. It is a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and the idea of India. I stand in solidarity with the people of the North East and am at their service,” Rahul Gandhi, a Congress Lok Sabha MP, tweeted.
The CAB or Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is to be taken up for debate and passing in the Rajya Sabha after it cleared the Lok Sabha test on Monday.
The CAB is a attempt by Modi-Shah Govt to ethnically cleanse the North East. It is a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and the idea of India.
People of Northeast has been protesting against the bill in full force and said that this protest is just a trailer and “Pura Bharat Jalega” (India will see massive protests against CAB).
On Tuesday, Gandhi described the Bill that seeks to provide refuge to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains fleeing religious persecution from the officially Islamic Pakistan and Afghanistan and Muslim-majority Bangladesh — as an attack on the Constitution and said that anyone who supports the Bill is attempting to destroy the foundation of India.
The Bill was tabled for discussion in the Lok Sabha on Monday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and was passed late on Monday night.
The opposition parties had objected its nature and described it “against Muslim community”, which the government rejected saying it does not affect the community residing in the country.
The Tripura government on Tuesday blocked mobile internet and SMS services across the state for 48 hours because of the protests. An unwell two-month-old baby died while being taken to a hospital in Sepahijala as protests blocked traffic, police said.
A shutdown was called by influential student groups in the Northeast who allege that the government’s move could rob the region of its ethnic identity. Protesters say the bill’s passing would be “dangerous” as it would lead to a deluge from neighbouring countries.