HYDERABAD – AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday takes up the dare to debate thrown by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) after the BJP leader dared opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav to a debate on the controversial citizenship law, accused of being discriminatory towards Muslims.
“You should debate with me. I am here. Why debate with them? The debate should be with a bearded man. I can debate with them on CAA, NPR (National Population Register) and NRC (National Register of Citizens),” he said, according to ANI.
The CAA and the NRC have been accused of being discriminatory towards Muslims. While the CAA promises citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the NRC intends to identify undocumented immigrants who came to India after a specified date.
Critics say the CAA makes religion a condition for citizenship for the first time, going against the principles of Indian constitution. Combined with the NRC, the law could be used to target Muslims who cannot prove their lineage, they say. Opposition parties say the NPR is just a precursor to the NRC.
Despite raging widespread protests, the government is adamant on not to roll back.
On Tuesday, at a rally organised in support of the law in Lucknow, Amit Shah said no matter how much opposition the law faced, it will be implemented and those protesting can continue to do so.
“I want to say that irrespective of the protests it (CAA) will not be withdrawn,” he thundered, adding, “Whoever has to oppose can oppose the act, it is not going to be revoked.”