Congress, its allies indulge in “guerrilla” politics, instigating Muslims for political purposes: Modi

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SAHIBGANJ (Jharkhand): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused the Congress party and its allies of indulging in “guerrilla” politics over the amended Citizenship Act and challenged the Opposition party to declare that they are ready to give Indian citizenship to every Pakistani citizen.

“They are instigating Muslims and spreading lies on CAA and scaring people. Congress has used its full force to create an atmosphere of illusion and falsehood. Congress is instigating violence. It is clear that CAA will have no effect on citizens of India including Hindus, Muslims, Sikh, Jain, Christian and Buddhists. Congress and its allies are spreading lies and rumours on the Act,” Modi said while addressing a poll rally at Barhait here.

“I challenge the Congress and their allies that if they have the guts they should openly declare that they are ready to give Indian citizenship to every Pakistani citizen. Besides this, Congress should announce that they will bring back Article 370 in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh”, the Prime Minister said challenging the opposition leader over the issue. 

“They should openly say that they will scrap article triple talaq. Congress should accept this challenge. They should declare openly or they should stop lying, spreading rumours and using others as a shield. They must stop this guerrilla politics,” he said. 

The Prime Minister’s remark came amid protests across the country over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

Modi also appealed to the protesters to protest “democratically”.

“The Indian Constitution is our only holy book. I appeal to the youth in colleges to debate our policies, protest democratically. We will listen to you. But some political parties and urban Naxals are firing from your shoulder,” he said. 

Modi said, “The Citizenship Amendment Act does not take away any rights of an Indian citizen or cause any harm. The Congress and its allies are instigating Muslims for political purposes.”

“This act is for those people who have been in a very miserable condition for a long time. The Act we made is for the people who have been suffering religious persecution in the three neighbouring countries and have come to India because of it. So where is the infringement of rights of any Indian Muslim or any other Indian?” the Prime Minister asked.

“I challenge the Congress and their allies that if they have the guts they should openly declare that they will give Indian citizenship to every Pakistani citizen and that they will bring back Article 370 in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh,” Modi said.

“Stop this guerilla politics. The Indian Constitution is our only holy book. I appeal to the youth in colleges to debate our policies, protest democratically. We will listen to you. But some political parties and urban Naxals are firing from your shoulder,” Modi added. (ANI)