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Union Home Minister Amit Shah Asserts Firm Stand on CAA, Dismisses Opposition Criticism

In a resolute statement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), asserting that it will not be repealed despite opposition criticism. Shah’s remarks came during an interview with news agency ANI, where he emphasized the law’s significance in safeguarding Indian citizenship and addressing the plight of persecuted minorities from neighboring countries.

Shah vehemently declared, “CAA will never be taken back. This is our sovereign right to ensure Indian citizenship in our country, and we will never compromise on it.” He dismissed opposition claims of the law being unconstitutional, highlighting its compliance with Article 14 and its classification for individuals facing religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Responding to criticisms over the timing of CAA’s notification, Shah clarified that the BJP had outlined its agenda in the 2019 manifesto, long before its enactment. He refuted allegations of political gain, emphasizing the law’s humanitarian purpose of providing justice to persecuted minorities.

Furthermore, Shah criticized opposition leaders, including Asaddudin Owaisi and Mamata Banerjee, for labeling CAA as ‘anti-Muslim.’ He reiterated that the law aims to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim migrants and emphasized the moral duty of the government to protect their rights.

Addressing concerns raised by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee, Shah reassured that CAA does not jeopardize job opportunities or citizenship rights. He challenged Banerjee to identify any clause in the law facilitating the revocation of Indian citizenship.

The Home Minister underscored the tragic plight of minorities in neighboring countries, particularly Hindus and Sikhs, who faced persecution and sought refuge in India. He urged political parties to prioritize the welfare of these persecuted populations over divisive politics.

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