Calling passage of the CAA in the parliament a “great tragedy”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday drew a parallel between what happened in Germany under Hitler and what is happening under the Modi rule in India.
Saying that the contentious CAA was against the secular fabric of the country, while speaking in Punjab assembly, Singh said that events unfolding now bear similarity to the ones witnessed in Germany in 1930s when Adolf Hitler was at the helm.
“Germans did not speak then, and they regretted it, but we have to speak now so that we don’t regret later,” said Singh.
He asserted it was ethnic cleansing in Hitler’s Germany in 1930s and claimed that now same events are unfolding in India. Urging, the Opposition, particularly the Akalis, to read Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” to “understand the dangers” of the CAA, Singh said, “You want to change the secular fabric of this country. It is very sad what is happening now. We had not even thought of such a thing. We want to break brotherhood merely for politics...Clearly, no lessons have been learnt from history”.
It is important to mention here that BJP’s old ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), though voted in favour of the CAA in Parliament, it supported the state government’s resolution against CAA in the Assembly.
After the speech, Amarinder said Punjab government will also approach the Supreme Court on the issue.
“Like Kerala, our government will also approach the Supreme the court on the issue,” Singh was quoted as telling to the reporters outside the state Assembly.
With this, the Congress-ruled Punjab became the second state after Kerala to pass an Assembly resolution seeking the repeal of the CAA and move the apex court.
The resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly urged the Centre to put on hold the work on the National Population Register (NPR), besides asking the Centre to avoid any discrimination on the basis of religion in granting citizenship.
Amarinder also said he had never imagined such a tragedy could happen in a secular country like India, which had more Muslims than Pakistan.
“Where will poor go and from where will they procure their birth certificates…This is a great tragedy. And I am very sorry to say that in my lifetime…I wish I was not here when this is happening to my country, where are we going to be in a situation where brotherhood is being broken for politics,” said Singh.