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Won't Budge an Inch on 'CAA', Says Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Won't Budge an Inch on 'CAA', Says Union Home Minister Amit Shah

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Amit Shah to hold two election rallies today in poll-bound Assam Amit Shah to hold two election rallies today in poll-bound Assam

New Delhi, January 3, 2019:

Union Minister Amit Shah, considered to be the brainchild behind the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, on Friday said that the Government will not budge a single inch on the controversial legislation.

Alleging the Congress and other opposition parties of spreading misinformation against the 'CAA' at a pro-CAA rally, Shah said, "Even if all these parties come together, BJP will not move back even an inch on this issue of Citizenship Amendment Act. You can spread as much misinformation as you want."

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Shah also defended the Bill-turned-Act and said that it seeks to help minorities in neighboring countries on humane grounds. "Minorities lived honourably in India while their percentage declined in neighbouring countries. There is no provision in Citizenship Amendment Act to take anyone's citizenship away, it is a law to grant citizenship."

Shah, taking digs at former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, challenged him to a debate, "Rahul Baba, if you have read the law please come anywhere for a debate on it. If you haven't read the law, I can help you with an Italian translation of it, please read the law."

Shah's comments come in the midst of massive nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), that seeks to grant citizenship to 6 non-Muslim communities from the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

However, the move to implement the legislation has been met with stiff resistance by the people of the country, with opposition leaders and organizations standing in opposition to the Bill-turned-Act due to its "unconstitutional" nature.

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