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"Who is misleading": Questions galore after Modi's Ramlila Maidan rally

While addressing an election rally in Jharkhand, Amit Shah had even set a deadline to implement NRC across India

Sunday December 22, 2019 9:10 PM, ummid.com News Network

Modi's speech at Ramlila Ground

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi Sunday accused the Congress and "Urban Naxals" of misleading people, especially the Muslims, over Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

"The Congress and its allies - some Urban Naxals - are spreading rumors that all Muslims will be sent to detention centres. At least value your education... at least read once about the Citizenship Amendment Act," Modi said while addressing the BJP rally organised to kickstart the party's campaign for the 2020 Delhi Assembly election.

While criticising the opposition, Prime Minister Modi also made some claims about the issue that are now being disputed by observers and people keeping a watch on the two issues which have claimed more than 20 lives so far.

"There's no discussion on NRC... Some educated urban naxals are spreading this rumour that all Muslims will be sent to detention centres. 'Ye jhhut hai, ye jhhut hai, ye jhhut hai' (These are lies)," Modi said.

This is disputed because not only the NRC is part of the BJP's manifesto but Union Minister Amit Shah has vowed to implement NRC across India - during the debate on CAB in Lok Sabha last month and on several occasions outside the parliament.

"When we introduce the all-India NRC, we will bring it to this House and then we can hold a discussion on it. Don't try to connect the citizenship bill with NRC. Maan ke chaliye NRC aane wala hai (But you should keep this in mind that NRC is about to come)", Amit Shah said in the Lok Sabha.

While addressing an election rally in Jharkhand, Amit Shah had even set a deadline to implement NRC across India and said the Modi government would expel all infiltrators before the next Lok Sabha election which is scheduled for 2024.

Likewise, JP Nadda, BJP working president, too said that the NRC will be implemented in the country very soon. "The Citizenship (Amendment) Act will be implemented, so will be the NRC in future", he said.

In November this year, the RSS during a meeting with BJP leaders, which was also attended by RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, said it wants the NRC to be implemented all over the country.

During his speech PM Modi also denied existence of any detention camp or centre in India.

"Those who are the Muslims of this country's soil, they have nothing to do with the citizenship law and the NRC. Neither is anybody sending the nation's Muslims to detention centres nor are there any detention centres in India. This is a white lie which is dividing the nation," he said.

Reacting to this, former Union Minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted: “PM says in the Ramlila ground - there are no detention centres in India. His govt told Rajya Sabha on 27th November 2019 that 28 people died in Detention Camps in Assam. Are you correct PM or your Home Minister?”

Besides this, members of the opposition parties are objecting on the key clauses of the CAA wherein citizenship criteria is based on religion and covers persecuted minorities from just 03 countries. They said if the government is honest then the Act should, instead of listing religions from just three countries, should cover "persecuted minorities from the neighbouring countries".

Members of the opposition parties also said the CAA combined with NRC is not only against Muslims, but against poor. They also said that they were not opposed to citizenship given to persecuted minorities. They said, they are opposed to the way the act was passed and raised concerns over the consequences if CAA is linked with NRC.

"The CAA has destroyed the right to equality enshrined in our Constitution. The NRC will effect the migrant poor, tribals and even holy men who wander without any worldly belongings. We should learn meaning of religion from them and not from those who lust for power," former UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi leader Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.

Congress leader Anand Sharma refuted the Prime Minister's accusations that the opposition parties were misleading and provoking people against the CAA.

"The government has ended up creating a sense of insecurity among the people. We had told the government to seek consensus on the issue. It clashes with the spirit of the Constitution, especially Article 14", Sharma said.

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