NEW DELHI – AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi said here on Wednesday that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) if implemented “will make India Israel,” which is known for “discrimination.”
“The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in itself shows that they want to make India a religious country,” Owaisi told ANI. “India will be in the league of Israel which is the most discriminatory country in the world,” he added.
He drew parallels between the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s two-nation theory, saying the legislation would bring dishonour to freedom fighters, if passed, ANI reported.
“As an Indian Muslim, I rejected Jinnah’s theory, now you are making a law wherein unfortunately you will be reminding the nation of two-nation theory,” Owaisi said. The AIMIM chief said the proposed legislation violates Constitution’s Article 14 (equality before law) and Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty) as it seeks to provide citizenship on the basis of religion.
Owaisi’s remarks came hours after the Cabinet cleared the draft law. The bill, which is facing a lot of objections, is expected to be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament in the next few days. It seeks to amend a 1955 law to grant citizenship to the refugees belonging to all communities except Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years.
Owaisi said the Citizenship bill was disrespectful towards Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar. “If media reports are correct that Northeast states will be exempted from proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, then it in itself is a great violation of Article 14 that is a fundamental right,” said the parliamentarian. “You cannot have two laws on citizenship in the country.”