Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Indian citizenship to those facing persecution in their home countries will ensure that they get a better tomorrow. The PM made the first remark on the issue after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by the union cabinet recently.
Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, PM Modi said that although a lot of apprehensions were expressed ahead of the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict after it was pronounced, the people of the country proved all such apprehensions wrong.
The PM further stated that the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict proved that it can have a better tomorrow. “We cannot be chained by the past. People were casting aspersions that the verdict will cause unrest in the country, but the people of the country proved them wrong.”
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, was cleared by the union cabinet on Wednesday and is likely to be introduced in parliament next week.
Modi, without naming the proposed law said that hundreds of people from the neighbouring countries who are facing persecution in these countries, those who have faith in Mother India, with the road open for Indian citizenship, their better future will be ensured.
Modi, while referring to the scrapping of Article 370, the special status of Jammu and Kashmir said that the decision might seem a politically difficult one, but it had raised new hope of development for the people of the region.
He further stated that he was against the government’s interference in people’s lives and advocated for minimum government and maximum governance.