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    India’s Citizenship Amendment Act Was Unnecessary: B’desh PM Sheikh Hasina

    The CAA aims to grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31st, 2014

    Amidst the ongoing protests against the controversial amended citizenship act in India, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she did not understand the purpose of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in India.

    Speaking to Gulf News in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, Hasina said, “We don’t understand why [the Indian government] did it. It was not necessary.”

    The CAA aims to grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31st, 2014.

    Massive protests broke out in the country soon after the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in both the houses of the parliament. Those protesting against the law say that the Act is discriminatory and creates a divide on the basis of religion.

    She also mentioned that there has been no recorded reverse migration from India. “But within India, people are facing many problems. The CAA and NRC are still an internal affair of India. Prime Minister Modi has in person assured me of the same during my visit to New Delhi in October 2019,” Hasina said, as reported by Gulf News.

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