Hyderabad: Questioning the anti-CAA protests raging across the country, National Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party, Ram Madhav on Friday said, “Why should we allow Muslims from other countries here if they have Islamic nations to go to? The Citizenship Act is only about helping the persecuted minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It has no discrimination.”
The BJP leader was speaking at Osmania University at a programme organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
The BJP leader’s talk comes at a time when Hyderabad is all set for the Million March against CAA on Saturday.
Highlighting the fact that India had given citizenship to leaders like Sonia Gandhi, and celebrities like Adnan Sami, Ram Madhav said, “Violent protests are happening because people are not aware of the facts. The opposition does not even know why they are rejecting CAA. The 130 crore citizens of this country have nothing to worry about the Act.”
The leader did not forget to take a dig at the opposition party leaders and said “When we were students, we used to have waterproof watches, which was the trend in those days. The leaders these days are also like that with the only thing being that they are ‘knowledge-proof’ and nothing penetrates their brains.”
The leader was welcomed amidst slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, called by students affiliated to the right-wing organisation.
Speaking to NewsMeter, B Rajeshwari, a student of Archeology, said “We support the Indian Muslims who are here, but we cannot stand with those who are from Afghanistan or Bangladesh. They have full powers there in Islamic nations. Even MANUU VC has come out in support of CAA.”
Shravan B Raj, General Secretary of ABVP from the University of Hyderabad, said “Protests against CAA will keep happening. That doesn’t mean CAA is unconstitutional. Even Dr Manmohan Singh had spoken in support of CAA before. Sitaram Yechury, who had spoken in HCU a few days back, had said that CPM supports citizenship bill in 2011. These anti-CAA protests don’t make any sense.”