CAA Fundamentally Anti-National, Urge Govt Not To Implement It: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor– File photo
Clarion India 
NEW DELHI – Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Friday described the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) as fundamentally anti-national and urged the Narendra Modi government not to implement it.

The CAA, which facilitates granting of Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Parliament in 2019 and had led to massive protests in different parts of the country.

After the government announced the repeal of the three farm laws, there have been calls from some quarters seeking withdrawal of the CAA as well.

“The #CAA is fundamentally anti-national & I urge the Govt not to implement it,” Tharoor tweeted.

People from these communities who had come to India till December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution in these countries will not be treated as illegal immigrants but be given Indian citizenship.

After the CAA was passed by Parliament, widespread protests were witnessed in the country. Those opposing the CAA contend that it discriminates on the basis of religion and violates the Constitution. They also allege that the CAA along with the National Register of Citizens is intended to target the Muslim community in India.

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