New Delhi, December 4, 2019:
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday, opposing the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, said that undermines the ‘fundamental tenets’ of the Indian Constitution.
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Tharoor’s comments came after the Union Cabinet had cleared the controversial Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing persecution.
The senior Congress MP told reporters that the bill is fundamentally unconstitutional because the basic idea of ‘India’ has been violated in the Bill. “Those who believe that religion should determine nationhood… that was the idea of Pakistan, they created Pakistan”, he said, adding that according to the founders of the nation, religion cannot determine nationhood.
“Ours is a country for everybody and everybody, irrespective of religion, has equal rights in this country, and the Constitution that they wrote reflected that. Today, this Bill undermines this fundamental tenet of the Constitution,” the Congress leader said.
It may be mentioned here that the announcement of the Bill was been met with widespread protest in all the Northeastern states of India. Indigenous organizations across the region have alleged that the Bill should not be allowed to pass, as it seeks to override the mechanisms in place to ensure that the region is not flooded by illegals from neighboring nations.
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