Citizenship Bill “Hurts India’s Soul,” Says Congress

Anand Sharma Sibal Digvijay

New Delhi, Dec 11: During a debate in the Rajya Sabha, Congress’s Anand Sharma said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, “hurts the very soul of the Constitution of India”.

Sharma said the passing of the bill would be “an insult to our founding fathers and our rich history and be remembered as a shameful incident in history”.
“I am here to tell you Chairman Sir, that both me and my party do not agree with this bill and its contents. We cannot find ourselves able to align with this bill. We feel it is unconstitutional. In fact, I am convinced that this bill is an assault at the very foundation of the constitution of India. It hurts the very soul of the Constitution of India. It goes against the very preamble of the constitution,” Anand Sharma said.

Sharma spoke after Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Bill, vehemently denying opposition claims that it discriminates against Muslims and violates Article 14 of the Constitution, which grants equality before law and equal treatment before law for all, irrespective of their nationality or religion.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which looks to make it easy for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizens, has been protested by the opposition on grounds of discrimination and that it violates Article 14 of the Constitution.

The Home Minister said Muslims of the country need not fear the bill, for “they are and will remain citizens of the country”.

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