NEW DELHI – Reacting to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) chief Syed Sadatullah Hussaini on Tuesday condemned the passing of the contentious legislation by the Lok Sabha while Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madni has called for a nationwide protest against the CAB on Friday.
“A decision of nationwide protest has been taken against the anti-constitutional Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which is against Indian ethos. Every district and state unit of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind are directed to hold silent and peaceful protest demonstration against the CAB on 13 December (Friday),” reads the press statement issued by Maulana Madni on Tuesday.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s President Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has condemned the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha.
In a communique to the media, the Jamaat chief said: “We condemn the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha. We feel that the bill is an outcome of a communal mindset; it is both biased and discriminatory. As the bill envisages granting citizenship to all foreign immigrants coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan except Muslims, it is violative of the cherished “diversity” found in our country and the core values of our Constitution. Differentiating the persecuted aspirants of citizenship based on religion is not only against the basic structure of the Constitution but also against humanity and fundamental human values”.
Lamenting on the support of some secular parties to the CAB, Mr. Hussaini said, “It is highly regrettable that many other political parties besides the BJP are supporting the legislation. We urge them to reconsider their decision and oppose it in the Rajya Sabha. This bill is already causing international repercussions that are bound to increase over time. By ignoring the plight of Muslim minorities in countries like Sri Lanka and Burma, the CAB fails the test of its own logic and shows our country bowing before the forces of bigotry and Islamophobia”.
Appealing to all “justice-loving citizens of our country to reject the CAB”, Jamaat said it will continue to oppose the CAB using all legal and democratic means at its disposal and it is hopeful that the non-BJP political parties will understand the dangerous consequences of CAB and oppose it in the Upper House of Parliament. This is a fight for justice and preserving the soul of our country.
Earlier, on Monday in a press statement, Madni group also opposed the citizenship bill.
Maulana Syed Mohammad Usman Mansurpoori, President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) and Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of (JUH) have termed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 against the basic spirit of the Constitution. They said the proposed amendment in the Citizenship Act, 1955 is contradictory to the articles 14-15 of the Constitution which grant respectively equality before law and prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, caste and race etc.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said it views this contentious bill contrary to the basic principle of the Constitution and hopes that it will not receive required support in the parliament. It appeals to every party to oppose the passage of this bill with full force.
The CAB is facing protests and oppositions from across the country. After the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, more protests and demonstrations erupted across the country.