New Delhi: In an apparent reference to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Union Minister G Kishan Reddy has claimed that half of Bangladesh’s population will leave their country if Indian citizenship was promised to them. He also dared Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to prove how the CAA was against the 130 crore Indians living in the country. Also Read - Time to Remove Communalism From Indian Fabric: Actor Sushant Singh at Mumbai Anti-CAA Protest
“Half of Bangladesh will be empty if India offers citizenship to them (Bangladeshis). Half of Bangladeshis will come over to India if citizenship is promised (to them). Who will take responsibility? KCR? Or Rahul Gandhi?,” the minister asked while speaking at the Sant Ravidas Jayanti celebrations in Hyderabad.
Earlier Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said that the contentious legislation was ‘not necessary’. “We don’t understand why (the Indian government) did it. It was not necessary,” Hasina had stated last month.
Meanwhile, upping the ante against the Opposition leaders, Reddy said that they seek citizenship for infiltrators. He also noted that the CAA was brought in on humanitarian grounds for certain persecuted communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
He also took a jibe at the TRS and its ‘friendly party’ AIMIM, saying that the former was indulging in vote bank politics. “I am requesting the TRS party. I am requesting the chief minister (KCR). I am challenging the chief minister to prove if any one person out of 130 crore citizens of this country is affected by the Citizenship Amendment Act,” the Union Minister of State for Home said.
Asserting that refugees and infiltrators should not be treated alike, he claimed that parties such as Congress were seeking citizenship for infiltrators, who came from Bangladesh and Pakistan. According to him, some refugees have been staying in India for the past 40 years without any facilities and documents such as voter id, Aadhar or ration card.