Owaisi Slams Citizenship Amendment Bill, Says 'it Revives Two-nation Theory'

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As the Union Cabinet cleared Citizenship Amendment Bill, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that if the Parliament passes bill, two-nation theory will be revived

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:

As the Union Cabinet cleared the Citizenship Amendment Bill, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said that if the Parliament passes the bill, two-nation theory will be revived. Speaking to media, Owaisi also said that with this bill, BJP is giving a message to the Muslims in the country that they are second class citizens. Moreover, he added that India will be in the league of nations who discriminates its citizen if this bill is passed, as the bill is opposite to the very nature of India's constitution. 

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Owaisi said: "If media reports are correct that Northeast states will be exempted from proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) law then it in itself is a grave violation of Article 14 which is a fundamental right. You cannot have two laws on citizenship in this country. Secondly, this law also violates Article 14 and 21 because you are giving citizenship on the basis of religion which contravenes both the Articles. Thirdly, India will be in the league of Israel which is the most discriminatory state in the whole world. If we pass this law then it will be a disrespect towards Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution. When we gave ourselves laws, we did not give ourselves laws based on religion. What if someone is an atheist, what is someone says I have been religiously discriminated? What about Tamilians? If we pass such a law BJP under the leadership of Modi is giving a message to Muslims that you are not an equal citizen but you are a second class citizen in India."

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Cabinet clears Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the bill and sources said that the Prime Minister is looking forward to its passage by both the Houses of Parliament in the next week. Earlier, speaking at the Republic Summit, Home Minister Amit Shah said that the government is committed to pass and implement the CAB.

READ: Union Cabinet clears Citizenship Amendment Bill; to be tabled next week

What is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill?

First introduced in the Lok Sabha in July 2016, this bill was referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee which filed its report on January 2019. The Bill was then finally passed by the Lok Sabha in January 2019. The Modi government which has implemented the National Registry of Citizens of India, this year, aims to pass the Citizenship Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Protests, which first sprung in 2016, have already reportedly sprung around Assam this week led by the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), which has stated that the will not be accepted by people.

  • The Bill amends the Citizenship Act 1955 to make refugees who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship, as explained by PRS.
     
  • It also relaxes the terms of naturalised citizenship, from the original 14 years to six years. Anyone belonging the above-mentioned six religions and three countries can apply for citizenship after residing in India for the stipulated six years.
     
  • Many lawmakers have argued that since the Bill allows refugees i.e. illegal migrants to apply for citizenship based on religion, it may violate Article 14 which guarantees the right to equality.
     
  • The Bill allows cancellation of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders' citizenship if they violate any law, including minor offences like parking violations.

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