New Delhi: At a time when there are growing protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday held a massive pro-CAA rally in Jodhpur and slammed the Congress for spreading misinformation regarding the legislation.
“Even if all these parties come together, the BJP will not move back even an inch on this issue of Citizenship Amendment Act. You can spread as much misinformation as you want,” the Union Home Minister stated.
He also came down heavily on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for leading protest rallies against the CAA in the national capital and asked Rahul to read the Citizenship law and come to him for open discussion on the topic.
“Rahul Baba has read the law, so now come to discuss the law anywhere with me. If you have not read it, I translate it in Italian language and send it to you, read it,” he said.
Attacking Rahul Gandhi for his remark on Savarkar, Shah said that Congress is ready to speak against anyone for vote bank politics. “For vote-bank politics, Congress party is speaking against a great personality like Veer Savarkar as well. Congressmen should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.
Talking about Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot opposing the CAA, the Home Minister stated that Gehlot must focus on infant deaths in his state than opposing the CAA.
“Gehlot ji, instead of opposing this (Citizenship Amendment Act) first focus on the children who are dying in Kota everyday, show some concern, mothers are cursing you,” he said.
Amit Shah’s rally is being seen as an attempt of the BJP to corner Gehlot in his home turf as he has openly declared not to implement the CAA and the NRC in his state.
On the other hand, the decision of the BJP to hold the pro-CAA rally in Jodhpur assumes significance the state hosts thousands of Pakistani Hindu migrants who are living in the state in tough conditions for years awaiting their citizenship in the country.