Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Sunday at the Sangh’s annual Vijayadashami rally in Nagpur on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act that “some people misled our Muslim brothers” brought a stark response from All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi.
“We’re not kids to be ‘misguided’. BJP didn’t mince words about what CAA+NRC were meant to do. If it’s not about Muslims, just remove all references to religion from the law,” Owaisi tweeted.
Bhagwat during his annual address that lasted for more than 70 minutes covered different key issues, including the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the abrogation of Article 370.
“The CAA does not oppose any particular religious community, but those who wanted to oppose this new law misled our Muslim brothers by propagating a false notion that it was aimed at restricting the Muslim population,” Bhagwat said.“There was opposition to CAA claiming it was being used to check the Muslim population in the country. In fact, no Indian citizen was threatened due to CAA,” He added.
“We’ll protest against any law with religion as the basis of citizenship. I also want to tell Congress, RJD & their clones: your silence during the agitation is not forgotten. While BJP leaders were calling people of Seemanchal ‘ghuspethiye’, RJD-INC didn’t open their mouths once,” Owaisi, the Hyderabad MP wrote in twitter.
After the Modi government passed the controversial citizenship act which sparked a lot of protests all over the country a lot of criticism has been raised that the government wants to exclude Muslims through the National Register of Citizens that gives Indian citizenship to immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh but not if they are Muslims.