Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act could continue doing so as the government would not withdraw the contentious legislation.
Addressing a rally in Lucknow as part of the government’s efforts to reach out amid opposition over CAA, Shah said, “I want to say it again that the government is not going back on the CAA. Those who want to protest may continue doing so.”
Attacking the opposition for “misleading” people on the Act, Shah said there is no provision in the amended law for taking anyone’s citizenship away. “A canard is being spread against the CAA by the Congress, SP, BSP, and Trinamool Congress,” he added.
Shah challenged Congress opposition leaders to hold a discussion with him on the CAA at a public forum. He named Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee while throwing the challenge. “Congress has become blind due to vote bank politics,”he said. He also blamed the Congress for Partition.
The Union Minister also declared that construction of a Ram temple touching the skies in Ayodhya will begin within three months.