New Delhi, Dec 17 (GCCurrentAffairs) Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday expressed hope that the ongoing unrest in the country over the new Citizenship law will come to a ‘peaceful conclusion’ but maintained some people are “creating fear and insecurity” amongst minorities on the same.
“Some people who are afraid in politics are creating fear and insecurity in the minds of the minority. It is not fair to do this on a national issue. I am sure this will have a peaceful conclusion,” Mr Gadkari said participating at a private television programme.
He said – “I feel that people are being misled with wrong information about the Citizenship Act, and they are being instigated. It is very simple. No country will roll out a red carpet to welcome illegal immigrants”.
In this context, former BJP president said – “This is why Assam had protested earlier because of illegal foreigners who entered the country and then for vote bank politics, they were given voting rights. Some of them even reached the assembly”.
Mr Gadkari maintained that the law is about foreigners and not bonafide citizens.
“It is evident that in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists are becoming less in numbers showing that they are being persecuted. They have nowhere to go. So, if they come here, we are giving them citizenship and that is normal,” he said seeking to defend the government measure.
“This law is not going to impact any Indian citizen and there will be no discrimination on grounds of caste, creed, sex and religion,” he said.
Senior Union Minister’s remarks come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said – “We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance…”.
BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya on Tuesday in a tweet blamed the outlawed Muslim organisations such as Popular Front of India (PFI) and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for instigating violence in the garb of anti-Citizenship law protests.