Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said that if he is elected, he will ensure that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not implemented.
Sinha was interacting with opposition lawmakers of Assam.
“If I am in Rashtrapati Bhavan, I will ensure that CAA is not implemented,” he said.
Sinha claimed that the BJP-led government has not been able to implement the CAA so far as it was “foolishly drafted” in a hurry, PTI reported.
“Earlier, the government gave the excuse of COVID, but even now they have not been able to implement it because it is an Act foolishly drafted in a hurry,” he said.
Sinha, a former Union minister, said he was compelled to leave the BJP in 2018 after realising that the present leadership has taken “a completely wrong” path.
Later, speaking to reporters, he went on to say: “Agencies like the ED, CBI, Income Tax department and even the governor’s offices are being used to target opposition leaders, to engineer defections and topple opposition-run state governments. The ruling party has embarked on an evil design to communally polarise India’s multi-faith society, and its agenda of one nation, one party, one ruler is meant to convert democratic India into an imitator of Communist China.”
Opposition parties, Muslims across India and northeastern states and many international legal experts, including the United Nations, have been saying India’s new citizenship law is discriminatory.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) fast-tracks nationality for non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but excludes Muslims – a step compared with former US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.