Panaji, Dec 12 (GCCurrentAffairs) The Congress in Goa on Thursday criticised the Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019, which passed by Rajya Sabha, and questioned fate of Goa people who have obtained Portuguese passports, under a special law enacted by Portugal.
Addressing a press conference at party state headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Spokesperson Trajano D’Mello said the passage of the bill in Parliament marked the darkest day for the Indian Constitution.
“So many Goans opted for Portuguese passport as government had failed to provide them employment. The only purpose to obtain passports was to survive as there were no employment opportunities in the state,” he further said.
Mr D’Mello asked the Christian MLAs in the Pramod Sawant-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to spell out their position on CAB.
“Those altar boys, specifically Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho, Ports Minister Michael Lobo, Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate who have joined the Cabinet should articulate their position on the CAB, which is a law that is aimed at dividing the country on religious lines. Their silence will be construed as their acceptance of the bill,” he stated.
“The Goans who have migrated to Portugal for livelihood, their very fate is now in question,”he further stated.
Mr D’Mello claimed that the new Act would alienate their linkages to their motherland.
The Congress leader asserted that the state unit of the party stood by national policy of the party of opposing CAB.
He added that incidents of North Eastern states indicate that the country was heading towards a second freedom struggle.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which seeks to make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to gain citizenship in the country, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The legislation is applicable to groups who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014.
The bill had got nod of Lok Sabha earlier.