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CAB will not pass judicial scrutiny: Chidambaram

He stressed that the Bill violates the fundamental principle of Article 14 of the Constitution.



New Delhi, Dec 11 : Claiming that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is “blatantly unconstitutional”, Congress leader P. Chidambaram said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the government is introducing a new category called citizenship by arbitrary executive feat and this law will be struck down in the court.

“I dare the government to lay the opinion of the law department. I dare the government to invite the Attorney General to answer the questions. A small part of the Constitution is being racked and being demolished by these insidious people,” Chidambaram said.

The Congress member said that India has a Citizenship Act. It recognizes citizenship by birth, citizenship by descent, citizenship by registration, citizenship by naturalization and citizenship by incorporation of territory and these are universal principles.

“Now this government is introducing a new category called citizenship by arbitrary executive feat. I am asking this Parliament to oppose the government in passing what is blatantly unconstitutional law,” he said.

He further said that parliamentarians are elected representatives of the people. “The Constitution has asked us in the first instance to judge the constitutionality of the Bill. We have a responsibility to pass what is constitutional,” he said.

The Congress leader said: “Not all of us are lawyers and in fact all of us should be lawyers. So we must bring collective wisdom and commonsense to say is it constitutional or not.”

“What we are doing here is abdicating our primary responsibility in favour of another three entities of the Constitution. What we are doing is pushing the issue to the lap of the judges,” he said.

Chidambaram believes that the Bill will not pass judicial scrutiny and will land in the court. “Do you think it will stop here? It will not stop here. It will eventually go to the judges and judges are respectable people but they are unelected. Unelected judges and unelected lawyers will ultimately decide whether what we did is constitutional or not. This will be a slap on the face of Parliament.”

He further said: “Knowing that the bill is unconstitutional, I am afraid this government is ramming through this bill in order to advance its Hindutva agenda. This is a sad day. Thankfully they are not amending the Constitution. They are only making a law and I am absolutely confident and clear in my mind this law will be struck down.”

He asked questions in the House over the Bill and sought answers from the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “I have a few questions. How do we identify only six religious groups and leave out others like Ahmadiyya and Rohingya and others. There are three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Why government included Christianity and left other two? Why have you excluded Sri Lankan Hindus and Bhutani Christians?”

He also asked why only religious persecution? “Are people not persecuted for political reasons? Are people not persecuted on linguistic ground? Are people not persecuted from unleashing war within their country?”

He stressed that the Bill violates the fundamental principle of Article 14 of the Constitution.

The Congress member stressed that somebody has to take responsibility to answer these questions, daring Shah to lay opinion of law ministry before the House.


Jamia to Rajghat March on March 30 against CAA



Amit Shah

New Delhi, Jan 23 After Home Minister Amit Shah refused to listen to protesters who are opposing Citizenship Law, NRC and NPR, the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) announced to take out Jamia-to-Rajghat march on January 30, the protest against the amended Citizenship Act .

Police which is under the control of Amit Shah will again try to crackdown on protests as the government has turned its deaf ear to the protesters demand.

The march will be led by women and the JCC aims to involve people from around the city. To boost participation, the JCC is planning to visit all anti-CAA sit-in sites here, including the Shaheen Bagh and the Khajuri Khas.

A similar march was organised on December 15. But the agitators marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan turned violent and set ablaze public and private vehicles, and attacked public properties.

The Delhi Police then launched crackdown, entered the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and allegedly damaged a library.

Since then, the people are protesting against the police crackdown and the CAA outside Jamia’s gate number 7. Protests are also on in several areas, including Shaheen Bagh and Khajuri Khas.

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India terms Imran Khan’s act of raising Kashmir at Davos as ‘desperate’



Raveesh Kumar

New Delhi, Jan 23: India has termed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s attempt of raising Kashmir at Davos as ‘desperate act.’

“His remarks suggest that he is desperate and rapidly losing hope. The global community can now see through their double standards. While they pretend to be victims of terrorism on the one hand, they foster extremists who spread terrorism in India and other countries on the other,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

He added that there was “nothing new” in what Imran Khan had said at the World Economic Forum meet in Davos, Switzerland.

Kumar also claimed that Pakistan’s attempts to create an “alarmist situation” in Kashmir have failed miserably.

“Our position on Kashmir has been clear and consistent through the years. These are bilateral issues that need to be discussed between India and Pakistan, and there is no role for a third party in this situation,” he said.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson also maintained that the World Economic Forum was not an appropriate platform to discuss such issues.

Imran Khan had urged international powers including the United Nations and the United States to help de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan before things get to a point of no return.

“You cannot have two nuclear-armed countries even contemplating a conflict,” he said.

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Sonia, Priyanka visit Amethi, meet families of accident victims




Sonia Gandhi

Amethi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Thursday, reached Amethi to meet the families of six persons of a family who died in a road mishap.

The Gandhis made an unscheduled trip to Bharetha village in Amethi and met the bereaved family who had lost their family members, including the former village head, in the mishap.

The accident had taken place on Monday night when a truck collided with a Bolero on the Amethi-Gauriganj highway. The family in Bolero was returning to its village after attending a function in Gauriganj.

Earlier Sonia and Priyanka, who are on a two-day visit to Rae Bareli, met party workers and asked them to reach out to the people and expose the ruling BJP which is trying to mislead people on the issue of citizenship laws.

Sonia Gandhi asked party workers to raises local issues and continue to fight against injustice.

She said that the training being given by experts to newly elected party office bearers should be implemented at all costs. She also asked party men to focus on problems being faced by farmers and the youth in the state.

Sonia and Priyanka will be returning to Delhi on Thursday evening.

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