After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of farm laws, prominent Muslim organisations and lawmakers in the country urged the Union government to take back the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as well.
“It is believed that farm laws were repealed as polls are close. We think that CAA-NRC is concerned with nationality and Muslims will have to bear its brunt. Power of public strongest, so CAA should also be repealed,” Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Maulana Arshad Madani told reporters.
The Muslim leader welcomed the announcement of withdrawal of the three farm laws and lauded the farmers for their “success.”
Every effort was made to subdue the farmers” movement just as it was done with all other agitations in the country, Madani alleged.
Conspiracies were hatched to divide the farmers, but they continued to make all kinds of sacrifices and remained steadfast in their stand, read Madani’s statement.
He further claimed that the anti-CAA protest encouraged farmers to protest the draconian farm laws.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has called the announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws by the Prime Minister, a victory of democracy and farmers.
“We now urge the government to also look at other anti-people and anti-constitutional laws like the CAA-NRC etc. and ensure that they too are withdrawn at the earliest,” in a statement to the media, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini, said.
AIMIM supremo and Hyderabad MP Asadudding Owaisi on Friday described the Union’s announcement to repeal three farm laws as ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw the writing on the wall in UP and Punjab’ and also said that like the farm laws, the CAA should also be ruled back.
“Impending elections and protest movements can force @PMOIndia to rethink. He’s never beaten a peoples’ movement, just managed to harass. Anti-CAA movement ensured that talks of national NRC were shelved; CAA rules yet to be made. Farmers movement succeeded due to their persistence,” Owaisi
BSP MP from Amroha Kunwar Danish Ali also called for the repeal of the CAA “without further delay”.
“Repealing 3 Farm Laws is a welcome move. I congratulate farmers for their willpower to fight, sacrifice and defeat the mighty state power and their crony capitalist friends,” Ali tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi must also reconsider and repeal CAA “without further delay”, he added.
Two years ago, the BJP government had passed CAA that grants citizenship to religious minorities – except Muslims – from neighbouring countries, with the Muslim community, Opposition parties, rights activists and legal experts saying the law is anti-Muslims and it violates the country’s secular constitution.
The new citizenship law, which was an amendment to a 1955 legislation, allows Indian citizenship to “persecuted” minorities – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but makes no reference to Muslims.
Many Muslims in India feared that the CAA, coupled with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which aims to identify undocumented immigrants, could be used to disenfranchise them.