“If Mahatma Gandhi were alive…”: Yashwant Sinha on citizenship law

TIL Desk/National/Vadodara/ The Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) are aimed at “dividing” the country on communal lines, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha said . Mr Sinha added that if Mahatma Gandhi were alive today, he would have led an agitation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking “communal” decisions.

Mr Sinha, who was in Vadodara as part of his Gandhi Shanti Yatra, demanded scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act which aims to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

“Several state governments want the CAA repealed and the NRC exercise dropped. It is aimed at dividing the country on communal lines. We do not want another division of the country,” Mr Sinha said.

“We remained silent despite the Modi government destroying the cabinet system, ordering demonetisation, introducing GST hurriedly. But after the CAA and NRC, there is need for the youth to raise their anger on issues that will weaken the country,” the former BJP leader said.

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