Ahead of the Lok Sabha winter session, the demand to repeal the CAA was raised in National Democratic Alliance meeting on Sunday.
As Narendra Modi on November 19 announced to repeal the farm laws, BJP’s partner in north eastern state Meghalaya, National People’s Party have demanded the central government to repeal the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act.
Ahead of the winter session, the demand to repeal the CAA was raised in National Democratic Alliance meeting on Sunday.
“In the floor leader’s meeting of NDA parties, I demand the government to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, keeping in mind sentiments of people”, NPP MP Agatha Sangma told news agency ANI.
The Citizenship Amendment Act seeks to provide India’s citizenship to the persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who came to India till December 31, 2014.
The act was announced on December 12, 2019 and became a law in January 2020. Since then, a widespread protest had begun against the act alleging that the law is discriminatory and communal as it based on religion.
Since the announcement of abrogation of three farm laws, opposition parties and protesters have started demanding the government to repeal CAA.
In between, the protest went violent leading to death of several protesters across the country. In February 2020, in the wake of Covid 19 pandemic, the protest was called of citing the Covid 19 protocols.
Responding to the demands of CAA cancellation, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Somebody says CAA should be repealed and Article 370 should be restored. These people know very well that CAA isn’t about taking away citizenship but providing citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs and other oppressed minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
In his statement he also slammed Pakistan over its reported allegations of Muslims being persecuted in India.