Modi targets opposition for spreading lies about CAA … says law here to stay

  • | Saturday | 18th May, 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday targeted the opposition for spreading lies about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and declaring that the law was here to stay and nobody could remove it. Parties like Samajwadi Party and Congress spread lies over the issue of the CAA. They tried their best to burn the country, including Uttar Pradesh, in riots. Even today, people of the INDI Alliance say that Modi has brought the CAA and the day he goes, the CAA will also be removed. I must tell you that nobody can remove the CAA, the prime minister said while addressing rallies in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The prime minister addressed four rallies in UP, at Azamgarh, Kaushambi, Bhadohi and Pratapgarh. His remarks came a day after the first set of citizenship certificates under the CAA was issued in New Delhi to 14 people, nearly two months after the rules under the contentious law were notified to grant Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from three neighbouring countries. "The work of giving citizenship under the CAA to refugees has already started. All these people are Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. They have been living in the country for a long time as refugees and were victims of the partition of the country done on the basis of religion," he said. These (Congress) people climb the stairs of power taking the name of Mahatma Gandhi, but they dont remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi had himself ensured these people (minorities living in neighbouring countries) that they can come to India whenever they want, Modi said. He stated that in the last 70 years, thousands of families took asylum in India to safeguard their culture and religion. However, the Congress never bothered to think about them because they were not Congress vote bank, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader stated. Modi criticised the Congress for neglecting vulnerable communities, particularly Dalits and backward classes, dismissing them as inconsequential to their electoral interests. But we have unmasked them. This is the Modi ki Guarantee, he asserted. Modi added, Enduring decades of persecution and often marginalised due to their social status, they found sanctuary in India to safeguard their dignity and religious freedom. The prime minister highlighted the Modi ki Guarantee assurance in Kashmir, stating, Over the last five to six decades, Kashmir has been a central theme of discussions during elections. However, now, our opponents have gone quiet, their voices subdued. He claimed that behind closed doors, opponents acknowledge Modis abolition of Article 370 and hint at the possibility of reinstating it if given the chance. Addressing the recent voting in Srinagar, Prime Minister Modi remarked, The fourth phase of voting in Srinagar marked a celebration of Indias democracy and Constitution after forty years. The enthusiasm witnessed in Srinagar signals an end to vote-bank politics centered around Article 370. Prime Minister Modi empathised with the concerns of mothers and sisters from military families in Azamgarh, who previously feared explosions and news from Kashmir. He assured peace in Kashmir by dismantling the barrier of Article 370. Previously, elections in Kashmir were marred by strikes and voters faced threats of violence. However, the recent elections in Srinagar shattered records, Modi said. Reflecting on the past, Modi noted how a decade ago, the safety of common citizens depended on divine providence, especially during times of national crises when Azamgarh often drew unwelcome attention due to the SP governments leniency towards terrorists and rioters, leaving sleeper cells unchecked and mothers mourning their childrens ruin. Taking a dig at the opposition, Prime Minister Modi said, The SP and Congress may be two political parties, but they operate from the same storefront, peddling falsehoods, appeasement, nepotism and corruption. He added, Recently, they have intensified their appeasement tactics, seeking to wrest rights from marginalised groups like backward classes, Dalits and tribals to bolster their voter base. Their agenda includes unjustly redistributing property and budget allocations, perpetuating a divide-and-rule strategy. For seven decades, they have exploited religious sentiments, pitting Hindus against Muslims. We must stand united against such divisive tactics.

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