New Delhi: The statement of former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has come amid protests over Citizenship Act. He has hit out at Narendra Modi after the Prime Minister dared the Congress to declare that it was ready to give Indian citizenship to all Pakistanis.
Why should we give citizenship to people who are already citizens of Pakistan? What is the meaning of such challenges to the Opposition?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 18, 2019
He was responding to the challenge posed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the opposition to publicly declare that they are prepared to accord Indian citizenship to all Pakistanis. He asked, “Why should we give citizenship to people who are already citizens of Pakistan? What is the meaning of such challenges to the Opposition?”
“It is gratifying that students and the young generation are liberal, secular, tolerant and exhibit humanism. Is the government challenging these values,” the Congress leader also asked.
It is worth mentioning that there are fierce protests in many places of the country over citizenship Act. Citizenship laws have also been challenged in the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to be heard today.
Since the Citizenship Act was passed in both the houses of Parliament and the President has adopted it as a law. Since then the protests have been taking place. A fierce demonstration against the Act was observed on Sunday, when police clashed with Jamia University students. In which several people were injured. On the other hand, a clash broke out between the protesters and the police at Seelampur in Delhi on Tuesday.