NEW DELHI :
Protests against legislature’s decisions lead to anarchy: Modi
There is an attempt to cover undemocratic activity under the garb of protests
Opposing NPR for political reasons will deprive the poor of benefits of welfare schemes
Identity of Kashmir was buried when the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits began in 1990
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday warned that street protests and arson against decisions of Parliament and State Assemblies and people’s refusal to accept laws will lead to anarchy, as he accused the Congress and other Opposition parties of inciting protests against the CAA and the NPR. Stoutly defending the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the updation of the National Population Register (NPR), Modi told Parliament that there is an attempt to cover undemocratic activity under the garb of protests and that no one is going to get political benefit.
The Prime Minister accused the Opposition of using all its might to stoke “imaginary” fears about the CAA and the NPR which is worrisome and dangerous for the country. “Don’t try to mislead people”, Modi asserted, as he likened the Opposition’s stand on the CAA to that of Pakistan, saying, Islamabad spoke the same language for decades to mislead and incite Indian Muslims. Modi tore into the Opposition in marathon combative speeches in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, and said that those rejected by people in elections are (Contd from page 1) fuelling protests against the CAA and the NPR for their “vote bank politics”.
The fresh attack against the Opposition came two days ahead of the Assembly polls in Delhi which has witnessed protests in Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Millia and other areas. Maintaining that the CAA does not affect any Indian citizen and poses no harm to minorities and that opposing NPR for political reasons will deprive the poor of benefits of welfare schemes, the Prime Minister said instead of scaring people, right information need to be provided and that there should be proper discussions. Questions asked in the NPR are purely governance related, he stressed.
The Prime Minister said that Census and the NPR are “usual administrative” processes which have been carried out previously as well but have now suddenly become contentious. Modi was replying to the debate in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. The Motion was later adopted by the two Houses. The Prime Minister delivered a stinging rebuttal to the Opposition over most issues its members raised to criticise his Government and took on the charge that he pursued communal politics and wanted Hindu rashtra. Modi also touched on the issues of Kashmir, economy, unemployment and farmers distress while taking frequent digs at rivals, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi whom he dubbed a “tubelight”.
Describing Jammu and Kashmir as the “crown jewel of India”, he said that the identity of Kashmir was buried when the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits began in 1990. Amid thumping of benches by ruling BJP members and their allies, the Prime Minister invoked the Constitution to warn against street protests to oppose decisions taken by Parliament and State Assemblies. The Congress was expected to be a responsible Opposition, but it had taken a wrong turn, he said. Noting that the CAA was passed by Parliament and duly notified, he told Opposition parties that the road taken by them raises worries, a reference to anti-CAA protests and support to them by many anti-BJP parties.
Dwelling at length on the NPR in the Rajya Sabha, Modi said it was being updated to allow the rightful beneficiaries get the benefit of government welfare schemes. The NPR was first done in 2010 and later updated in 2015, he added. Hitting back at the Congress over its charge that his Government violated the Constitution, Modi said it should be the party’s mantra to speak 100 times a day about “saving Constitution” so that it remembers its sanctity. Modi said India can no longer wait for problems to remain unsolved, and, rightfully so. “That is why, our aim is speed and scale, determination and decisiveness, sensitivity and solutions”. “The people of India have not only changed the Sarkar (Government). They want the ‘Sarokar’ (conduct) to be changed as well. If we had worked according to the old ways and thought processes: Article 370 would never have been history. Muslim women would have kept suffering due to triple talaq,” he said. The prime minister said that if his Government worked as per the old ways, the Ram Janmabhoomi issue would have remained unsolved, Kartarpur Sahib corridor would not be a reality and there would be no India-Bangladesh land agreement.
Even Nehru wanted Indian citizenship for religious minorities from Pak: PM
NEW DELHI ;
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said in Lok Sabha that even Jawaharlal Nehru had wanted Indian citizenship for religious minorities from Pakistan as he hit out at the Congress while defending the amended citizenship law. Replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, he said the first prime minister of India (Jawaharlal Nehru) wrote to the first Chief Minister of Assam (Gopinath Bordoloi), saying there was a need to differentiate between Hindu refugees and Muslim migrants. He said Nehru had wanted to defend minorities in then West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
“Was he communal, did he want to create a Hindu Rashtra...I want to ask the Congress,” the Prime Minister said. He said that Nehru was a big thinker. Why did he not include all citizens but mentioned only religious minorities in the Nehru-Liaquat Agreement? Modi asked. Liaquat Ali Khan was the them Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that his Government is saying today what Nehru had said decades ago.