National Register of Citizens (NRC) is not a religion-based exercise and “whoever is not eligible to be included in it will be sent out of the country “. Said Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He said that CAA is not linked with NRC both are different from each other. CAA only provides citizenship to those minorities who were persecuted in neighbouring nations and is not linked with the NRC.
Speaking at Agenda AajTak, Amit Shah said that NRC is crucial as no nation in the world allows intruders to take their citizenship without proper channels. “Is there any country in the world where there is no register of its citizens, can anyone go to the US and just be their citizen?” Amit Shah asked. He said that Neither thr NRC exercise nor the CAA will hurt Indian Muslims.
“No Indian citizen needs to worry at all, no one will be thrown out. We will make special provisions to ensure that no Indian citizen from minority communities is victimised in the NRC process. But we can’t leave the borders open as well. Countries are not run like that,” Amit Shah said.
“It is important for everyone to understand that intruders or illegal migrants do not only eat away resources and opportunities meant for Hindus but also Muslims,” Amit Shah said. ” Not even a single person of a minority who is an Indian citizen will be harmed in the NRC, but not even one intruder will be spared, Indian Muslim brothers and sisters, I want to assure you that the Act will not affect you. The Act does not take away anyone’s citizenship, it only gives citizenship,” Amit Shah said.” he said.
Home Minister Amit Shah said it is wrong to say that protests are being held in a majority of universities across the country. “There are 224 universities in the country. If you factor in private universities, the numbers reaches around 300. Of these, Protest were held in only 22 universities. Out of these 22 universities, in four universities (including Jamia Millia Islamia University and the Aligarh Muslim University) the protests were more serious. In the remaining universities, the protests were normal and attended by students with strength varying from 10, 20, 30 to 10, 200 and 300,” Amit Shah said.
Thousands Hit Road In Odisha Against CAA and NRC:
Thousands of Protesters including Farmers, Students, Dalit leaders and people with disability hit the road in Odisha against Citizenship Amendment Act, NRC and the attack on Jamia students. The Protesters were on the road wearing black ribbons on arms. They also submitted Memorandum to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik and Governor Ganeshi Lal. In the memorandum, they appealed to the CM and reminded Naveen Pattnaik of his father Biju Pattnaik’s legacy and his secular credentials. It also reminded Naveen to stick by his stand on not implementing NRC in Odisha as he had assured Muslim leaders who met him at his office.