New Delhi, March 1, 2019
Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on March 1st, 2019, while debating over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which lapsed in the Rajya Sabha’s last session, said people belonging Muslim community have been given a country — Pakistan.
While supporting the implementation of the bill, Sarma during a panel discussion at the India Today Conclave 2019 in New Delhi said, “I fully support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. This was a historic commitment to the religious minorities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also took part in the panel discussion.
Sarma further said, “We are just giving citizenship to Hindus. But we have given a country to Muslims. We have given Pakistan to Muslims.”
On the other hand, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party chief Asaduddin Owaisi said India was not a Hindu country and told Biswa Sarma that, as a minister of Assam, he was violating the Assam Accord.
It may be mentioned that on January 8th, 2019, the Lok Sabha had passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and that triggered massive protests across the northeastern states in the aftermath.
The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to people belonging to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who have become victims of religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and entered India before December 31, 2014.