Coming out in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the Samajik Samarasata Manch (SSM) has alleged that some anti-national powers are attempting to vitiate communal harmony by spreading misinformation about the Act.
Addressing the media here on Friday, Lakshmi Prasad Jaiswal of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that it is the responsibility of every citizen to identify the anti-national powers indulging in violence and cooperate in maintaining an atmosphere of peace and cordialty in the nation. He questioned opposition of the Act passed by both houses of the Parliament after detailed discussion. Recalling that Pakistan was created as an Islamic nation after partition of India in 1947, he said that providing not only refuge but also citizenship to the persecuted minorities of that nation was in line with the fundamental spirit of the Indian constitution. He further said that Mahatma Gandhi had also said during a prayer meet on September 26, 1947 that Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan can freely come to India if they do not wish to live there and that it would be the duty of the Indian government to provide them jobs and normalise their lives. “A resolution to this effect was also passed by the Congress on November 25, 1947. Further, on December 18, 2003, former prime minister Manmohan Singh had also advocated Indian citizenship for the persecuted minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh while describing their condition in the Rajya Sabha,” said Jaiswal. He further alleged that those opposing the CAA and spreading misinformation about it are doing so solely for political purposes. Their focus is on their vote-banks and not on the interests of the nation, he opined.
Saturday, 04 January 2020|PNS|Dehradun