New Delhi: In a major announcement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be implemented before the next Lok Sabha elections, which are due in 2024. He said that a notification will be issued soon to enforce the law, which was passed by the Parliament in 2019.
The CAA aims to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, or Christians, and who entered India before December 31, 2014. The law does not include Muslims from these countries, who are the majority in their respective nations.
hah said that the CAA will not affect the citizenship rights of any Indian citizen, regardless of their religion. He said that the law is meant to give refuge and dignity to those who have suffered religious oppression in their neighboring countries.
Shah also accused the opposition parties of spreading misinformation and creating fear among the people about the CAA. He said that the opposition leaders have no concern for the welfare of the minorities, and are only interested in vote bank politics. He urged the people to support the CAA and the BJP government, which he said is committed to protecting the national interest and the cultural identity of India.