NEW DELHI: The
again locked horns over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (
) on Saturday with the Sonia Gandhi-led demanding that government must immediately withdraw the controversial law and the latter asserting that no force on earth can stall its implementation.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the “sinister” purpose of the controversial
was to divide people on religious lines, and asserted that the NPR was not a benign exercise but “disguised NRC”.
Addressing the crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee, Gandhi also demanded that a comprehensive high-powered commission be constituted to enquire into the incidents of violence during anti-CAA protests.
“The CWC demands that the Citizenship Amendment Act should be withdrawn and the process of NPR be stopped forthwith,” the party said in a statement.
Expressing “deep anguish”, the CWC said it condemned the “insensitive” response of the government and the “blatant use of state power” to silence the voices of dissent.
Reacting strongly to the CWC statement, the BJP said that “no force on earth” can stall the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act and accused the Congress of duplicity over the law and the National Population Register process.
“The CAA has already come into effect and no force on earth can stall its implementation. In all its outreach efforts, the BJP has been highlighting the Congress’ duplicity on CAA and NPR,” BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.
He said the Congress had made a promise in
election manifesto on citizenship for Hindu refugees.
“Citizenship for Hindu refugees in Rajasthan and Gujarat was extended by the Manmohan Singh government on two occasions in 2005 and 2006,” Rao said, adding Singh as leader of the opposition had demanded citizenship for religious minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“On the NPR too, the Congress needs to explain why the NPR in 2010 was secular and acceptable while it becomes dangerous in 2020. On both CAA and NPR, the Congress is hypocritical. The BJP would expose the Congress party’s double speak,” Rao added.
(With inputs from PTI)