Asaduddin Owaisi calls for ‘religion neutral’ policy over MHA’s citizenship move

Hyderabad (Telangana):  Reacting upon the Centre’s decision of granting citizenship to minorities living in two specific districts of Gujarat, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi opinionated that the policy should rather be religion-neutral.

Owaisi on Tuesday said, “You should make this law religion-neutral,” Owaisi advised.

As per the latest rule, Indian citizenship will be given to non-Muslim minorities coming from neighboring countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and living in Anand and Mehsana districts of Gujarat.

Asaduddin Owaisi said, “It is already happening that you first give the long-term VISA and then they (minority community of Afghanistan) get citizenship.”

Restricting to comment more as the matter is sub-judice, Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Citizenship Amendment Act has to be linked with National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC)”.

“Supreme Court is hearing this, let’s see what happens,” he added.

Asked about Bhartiya Janta Party’s decision to constitute a committee to implement the Uniform Civil Code AIMIM Chief said that the UCC committee, which BJP formed before the elections, is to hide the government’s failures and its wrong decisions.

“Why Hindu undivided family tax rebate is given only to Hindus. Give it to Muslims also, it is against the fundamental right of the Right to Equality of the constitution,” he added.

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The moves ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections scheduled to take place before the end of this year.

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