AMN / NEW DELHI
SEVERAL OPPOSITION PARTIES have reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusation that these parties are misleading people on the new Citizenship Amendment Act by calling it anti-Muslim and asserted the government had created an “environment of fear, uncertainty”.
The main criticism from the Opposition came immediately after Modi delivered an hour-long speech at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan in which he said his government schemes had never discriminated on the basis of religion.Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Environment of fear, uncertainty created not by us, but by home minister’s statement in both houses that NRC will come.”
“Prime Minister should provide healing touch, should call a meeting of National Integration Council to discuss issues such as NRC, CAA,” added Sharma as protests against the new law continues in several parts across the country.
Modi drew flak for his speech from various quarters, including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who accused the PM of misleading the country in his name.Gehlot also took a dig at Amit Shah and said, he was provoking Muslims by announcing that NRC would be implemented in the entire country, despite the fact that it could not be implemented successfully in Assam.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also hit back at Modi saying the prime minister is publicly contradicting what Home Minister Amit Shah has been saying on nationwide NRC.
In response to PM Modi’s declaration earlier on Monda that “there are detention centres in India”, Congress said that it wouldn’t ake more than a simple internet search to prove the claim as false.
“Does PM Modi believe Indians can’t do a simple Google search to fact-check his lies? Detention centres are extremely real and will continue to grow as long as this government is in power,” the grand-old party posted through its Twitter handle.
The Congress in the post attached three reports, one that quoted Minister of State in the Home Ministry Nityanand Rai as saying that 28 had died in detention centres in Assam.
Despite, reports about detention centres being built in Karnataka, the Prime Minister in his speech in Delhi had said that there are no detention centres in India. “No Muslim is being sent to detention centres, nor are there any detention centres in India,” he said.
Modi further decried that the Congress and ‘urban Naxals’ are spreading lies about the detention centres.