Did you know Congress demand the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in 2003, against which to be so vehemently opposed? The BJP on Thursday released archive footage of the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha in 2003, where former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is seen appealing for the same.
The Bharatiya Janata Party tweeted that in 2003, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, was the then Leader of the Opposition. That time Manmohan Singh asked for a liberal approach to grant citizenship in some minorities who are facing persecution like neighboring countries. Bangladesh and Pakistan were the Citizenship Amendment Act does just that.
In the video, Dr. Manmohan Singh is heard emotionally arguing. I am on the subject, Madam, I would like to say something about the treatment of refugees. After the partition of our country, minorities have faced persecution in countries like Bangladesh. It is our moral obligation that if the situation forces people, these unfortunate people, to take refuge in our country, then our approach to giving citizenship to these regrettable persons is more must be generous.
In 2003, speaking in Rajya Sabha, Dr Manmohan Singh, then Leader of Opposition, asked for a liberal approach to granting citizenship to minorities, who are facing persecution, in neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Citizenship Amendment Act does just that… pic.twitter.com/7BOJJMdkKa
— BJP (@BJP4India) December 19, 2019
Then he asked to draw the attention of senior BJP leader, LK Advani. I sincerely hope that the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister will consider this to complete the future course of action concerning the Citizenship Act.
When the deputy chairman responded to Advani by saying that minorities are also suffering in Pakistan, the Deputy Prime Minister replied. “Madam, I fully support that view.
As the Congress objected to the CAA, termed it unconstitutional and demanded its withdrawal. BJP’s national in-charge of its IT cell Amit Malviya also said on Twitter, in the Rajya Sabha in 2003.