MYSURU: Asserting that the BJP Government at the Centre is committed to implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), party national organising secretary BL Santhosh declared here on Friday that the registration process will take off in the next 20 days. He also sought to dispel fears about the Act saying that no one, including the BJP, can snatch away the citizenship of minorities, which is guaranteed under the Constitution.
Hitting out at the Left and other opposition parties, the intellectual community and a section of Muslims for carrying out a ‘malicious and mischievous campaign’ against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and the Citizenship Amendment Act, he said that Muslims need not worry as there will be no infringement on their rights or citizenship.
“When the CAA does not even apply to Indian Muslims, who has asked actor Naseeruddin Shah, politicians CM Ibrahim and Zameer Ahmed or others to produce any documents?” Santhosh questioned. “We are not worried about the protests. Only a section of Muslims, intellectuals and ultra-Leftists have taken to the streets spreading fear that people’s Aadhaar card and other benefits will be withdrawn. We are speaking to Muslim clerics and people from the community across the country to clear the air. Once the registration starts, we will know the exact number of refugees,” he said.