Citizenship (Amendment) Bill an ‘attack on constitution’: Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday strongly opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, calling it an ‘attack on the constitution’.

He criticised the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Bill as a move that would “destroy the foundation” of India.

“The #CAB is an attack on the Indian constitution. Anyone who supports it is attacking and attempting to destroy the foundation of our nation,” Rahul tweeted.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has also opposed the bill, by saying that India’s tryst with bigotry and narrow-minded exclusion was confirmed as the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.

“Last night at midnight, India’s tryst with bigotry and narrow minded exclusion was confirmed as the CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha. Our forefathers gave their lifeblood for our freedom. In that freedom, is enshrined the right to equality, and the right to freedom of religion,” Priyanka said in a tweet.

“Our constitution, our citizenship, our dreams of a strong and unified India belong to ALL of us. We will fight against this government’s agenda to systematically destroy our constitution and undo the fundamental premise on which our country was built with all our might,” Priyanka added.

The bill will be presented in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday with 311 members favouring it, 80 voting against it after a heated debate.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian Citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, if they fulfil conditions for grant of citizenship.