Attacking the opposition for "misleading" people on the Citizenship Amendment Act, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the law will not be scrapped despite the protests over it.
Addressing a rally in Lucknow in support of the CAA, Shah also declared that construction of a Ram temple “touching the skies” in Ayodhya will begin within three months.
He said there is no provision in the amended law for taking anyone's citizenship away. “A canard is being spread against the CAA by the Congress, SP, BSP, and Trinamool Congress.” “The CAA is a law to grant citizenship,” he added.
“I want to say that irrespective of the protests this will not be withdrawn," he added.
Shah challenged Congress opposition leaders to hold a discussion with him on the CAA at a public forum. He named Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party's Mayawati and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee while throwing the “challenge”. "Congress has become blind due to vote bank politics," he said. He also blamed the Congress for Partition
Talking about the January 5 violence in JNU campus, the Home Minister said: “Those talking about breaking Bharat Mata into 1000 pieces will be sent to jail”. “JNU mein desh virodhi naare lage. Mujhe batao jo Bharat Mata ke 1000 tukde karne ki baat kare use jail mein dalna chahiye ya nahi? Bharat Mata ke khilaaf is desh mein naare lage toh jail ki salakhon ke peeche daal dunga. (Anti-national slogans were chanted in JNU. Those who chant that Bharat Mata should be broken into a thousand pieces, should be put in jail or not? If you chant slogans against Bharat Mata, I will put you behind bars).”
With inputs from PTI