Recently, Home Minister Amit Shah had announced his plans for introducing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the country. According to his statement, the Centre will pass Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Rajya Sabha first and then implement NRC first in West Bengal, and then the rest of the country.
ANI had quoted him saying,
Amit Shah in Kolkata: I today want to assure Hindu,Sikh,Jain,Buddhist &Christian refugees, you will not be forced to leave India by the Centre. Don’t believe rumours. Before NRC, we will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will ensure these people get Indian citizenship pic.twitter.com/zcWhmL10xl— ANI (@ANI) October 1, 2019
Please don’t create rift among people. Bengal is known to respect leaders of different faiths for ages. None can spoil that. Everyone is welcome to our state and enjoy the hospitality of our people. But please don’t profess any divisive politics.. It will not work in Bengal.
His statement was criticised by celebrities, politicians, and public alike.
How is the Home Monster allowed to speak like this? Is it not against the constitution to tell refugees that only the Muslims among them will be forced to leave India by the govt? What is going on? These are the seeds of ethnic cleansing being sown in the open for all to see! https://t.co/YQSPV0Oj0s— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 1, 2019
India rejected the two-nation theory put forth by Savarkar and Jinnah, and that is our constitutional principle. India belongs to all Indians, irrespective of their caste, creed, gender, colour, creed, faith, eating habits, occupation or political beliefs. (1/2) https://t.co/XkpPuWZa8P— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) October 1, 2019
All faiths means ALL faiths: Jews, Parsis, Hindus, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, non-believers & every other. No law that excludes any faith stands the test of India. HM must stop fostering divisions & attempts to damage India and hurt Indians https://t.co/iMa8svVBMY— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) October 1, 2019
The Home Minister is saying clearly that only undocumented Muslims will have to fear NRC, while others will get Indian citizenship@AmitShah I know you are allergic to it, but try reading the Constitution, FOR ONCE. Religion based citizenship is illegal and will be struck down https://t.co/vJTGD3vKry— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) October 1, 2019
As I publicly predicted – full.force of NRC detention camps is for Muslims: “Amit Shah says Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be implemented before NRC in Bengal” https://t.co/H8epPGyuZ5— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) October 2, 2019
At the international level many countries should pay attention to this the constitutional post is being misused in India— Sultan Bhutto (@bhutto_sultan) October 2, 2019
The Home Minister of the country Amit Shah is making discriminatory plans against the special class, we oppose it pic.twitter.com/fEkiqZAGXe
Amit Shah has assured Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist & Christian refugees that they will not be forced to leave India under NRC.— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) October 1, 2019
So basically, the govt doesn't have a problem with refugees. They have a problem with Muslims.
*Who is he to decide??????*— #Vote4AamAadmi (@aamaadmikesath) October 1, 2019
*Amit Shah says NRC in Bengal won’t leave out any ‘Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Christians’, excludes Muslims again.*
*And he is India’s Home Minister.*
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Every Indian must resist by not participating in any NRC. It’s time to recall Gandhi’s words: “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”— Vaishna Roy ویشنا رائے (@vaishnaroy) September 19, 2019
NRC across country, will send excluded out: Amit Shah https://t.co/oh9DSsdfNf
“किसी हिंदू,सिख,ईसाई,जैन,बौद्ध को नहीं छोड़ना पड़ेगा देश”— Shrishti Dutt Pandey (@shrishti827) October 1, 2019
No mention of Muslims?
What’s the hidden agenda Mr. Amit Shah?
Have you ever read Constitution of India?
As Citizenship cannot be awarded on the basis of religion.
It will be illegal and unconstitutional!#NRC
Amit shah starts his speech with “Mamata is doing Hindu-Muslim, creating Divide” and— Nенr_wно™ (@Nehr_who) October 1, 2019
ends his speech with “All will be given Citizenship except Muslms”
Wah Tadipar wah #GoBackAmitShah
Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) & National Register of Citizens (NRC) together constitute RSS-BJP citizenship policy. Amit Shah promised Muslim delegation that there will be no religious discrimination in NRC. What’s his promise on CAB which is only religious discrimination?— E M Abdul Rahiman (@EMAbdulRahiman1) September 24, 2019
Previously, Shah has also expressed his support in making Hindi India’s national language, which led to conflicted views from everyone.