Guwahati: The ongoing row over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has turned the heads in the national platform as well with the political leaders from across the nation expressing their reactions. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti too expressed her views on the Bill. Mufti said that India is opting for some similar policies like that of its neighbouring nation Pakistan wherein they are holding the same “attitude towards minorities”.
The former J & K Chief Minister, criticizing PM Narendra Modi and his government at the centre, took to twitter to say what she feels about the Bill. Her party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) posted, “Granting citizenship on the basis of religion is appalling and disgusting in equal measure. We are full of venom when it comes to Pakistan but are matching some of its policies in spirit.”
She even added that Pakistan was a bit better in this respect with a better attitude towards its minorities. She added, “But even the country that was formed on the basis of two nation theory has changed its attitude towards minorities now. Temples have been declared as national heritage and approved the Hindu marriage bill.”
The present status of the bill is that it has been passed in the Lok Sabha, but is not yet introduced in the Rajya Sabha. If somehow the Bill gets approved by the Upper House, then it will await the President’s nod which will further apply it on India. Once passed, this bill will provide citizenship to people from six non-Muslim minority communities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The very matter of tabling the Bill in the Lower and Upper House by the ruling party at the centre has created a chaos in the north-east with the protesters breaking out across northeast states, with the situation going worse in Assam. PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have even assured the people of the region that there will be no bad impact of the Bill on the people but that has not helped in calming down the furious citizens of this part of the country.