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“Minorities won’t lose their citizenship,” says Amit Shah over CAA

Why are they lying? CAA is a law to give citizenship, it is not meant to take anyone’s citizenship away,” said Shah at a rally in Bhubaneswar

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday accused the opposition of lying in its criticism of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He said the law that has triggered deadly protests across India does not intend to strip anyone’s citizenship.

“BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), SP (Samajwadi Party), Communist Party, Congress Party, and Mamata Banerjee are against the CAA because they say minorities will lose their citizenship. Why are they lying? CAA is a law to give citizenship, it is not meant to take anyone’s citizenship away,” said Shah at a rally in Bhubaneswar.

For the first time making religion a test of Indian nationality, the CAA promises citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Amit Shah and the BJP government at the center have maintained that the law only intends to help those who have faced religious persecution in the neighboring countries.

However, opposition parties allege that combined with the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), the CAA can be used to target only Muslims who do not have the documents necessary to prove their citizenship.

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