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Don’t create a Jurassic Republic with two dinosaurs: Sibal on CAB

No citizen of this country including Muslims is afraid of the Modi Government: Sibal on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

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Kapil Sibal Speech

New Delhi, Dec 11 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, on Wednesday, during the debate on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, said that his party opposes the legislation, citing that it has a legal colour of the two-nation theory. He said that he opposes the Bill as religion cannot be the basis for the acquisition of citizenship.

Sibal also said that he was disturbed over Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in the Lok Sabha. He said: “I was very disturbed the other day when distinguished Home Minister said in the other House why we need this Bill. He said Congress had done partition on the basis of religion.”

Sibal said he had failed to understand from which history book Shah read this.

Talking about Home Minister, Shah said that he would like to remind him what Savarkar had said. Sibal said that the two-nation theory was not Congress theory.

Quoting Savarkar’s statement, Sibal said: “I quote Savarkar. He had said ‘there are two antagonistic nations living side by side in India. Several politicians commit the serious mistake in supposing that India is already welded into a harmonious nation, or that it could be welded thus for the mere wish to do so. These are our well-meaning but unthinking friends, take their dreams for realities. That is why they are impatient of communal tangles and attribute them to communal organisations’.” Two nation theory was perpetrated by Savarkar, Sibal said.

Congress member again quoted B.R. Ambedkar, one of the key architects of the Constitution. He said, “Ambedkar wrote: ‘Strange it may appear, Savarkar and Jinnah, instead of being opposed to each other on the one nation versus two nations issue, are in complete agreement about it. Both agree, not only agree but insist, that there are two nations in India. One the Muslim nation and the other Hindu nation’.”

Sibal thereafter urged Shah to withdraw the allegations. He said, “We in the Congress believed in one nation.” He then charged Shah saying: “You don’t believe it.”

Referrring to Amit Shah’s statement that Muslims don’t need to fear because of CAB, Sibal retorted by saying that none of the Muslims or any citizen in this country fears the government. He said “I am not afraid of you, no muslim in this country is afraid of you and no citizen of this country is afraid of you. What we are in awe of is the constitution of India”

He then said that the Bill is historic as government is changing the basic character of the Constitution. “You are making attempt to change our history. You said crores of people will see ray of hope tomorrow morning, I claim that night will not end for lakhs of people. This dark night will never end,” said Sibal urging Shah to rise above politics.

He also questioned where is the provision of religious persecution in the proposed legislation? “There is no such provision,” he said. “If man came from Bangladesh in India in 1972 and living here since then, how come he is persecuted, Sibal questioned.

In his closing comments he warned the government against creating a Jurassic Republic where there are two dinosaurs.

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Jamia to Rajghat March on March 30 against CAA

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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’

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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

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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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