The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is organising a national-level conference to address the concerns of the Muslim community on citizenship issues and to answer the opposition’s propaganda on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Sources said that BJP and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi held a meeting in this regard on Friday in which Chairman of National Minorities Commission G Hasan Rizvi and some other Muslim leaders of BJP took part. There was a discussion on the strategy to handle this subject.
Sources said that apart from Rizvi, the party’s minority cell chairman Abdul Rasheed Ansari attended the meeting. Ansari said that the party was considering how to thwart the propaganda being spread by some political parties regarding the CAA, NRC and NPR.
Ansari said, “The party has started a nationwide campaign to spread awareness on this issue. In this connection, a national conference can be organised in the first week of January so that they can be made aware of the facts on this issue.”
BJP selling CAA to Muslims in Delhi already
On Tuesday, state president of the party Manoj Tiwari reached out to Muslim families and gave them information regarding this law. State vice-president of the party Shazia Ilmi accompanied him. Tiwari met over 300 Muslim families in Wazirpur and Timarpur.
While answering questions related to the citizenship law, Tiwari said that some parties have spoiled the atmosphere by provoking people. “Modiji has cleared the confusion about the citizenship law,” he said.
Tiwari said that the people of Delhi proved that they wanted development, not quarrel. “The Citizenship Amendment Act does not apply to Muslims of India or any citizen born in India; so citizens of India should ignore rumours,” he told a crowd of Muslims.
The BJP state president said that those people who had the responsibility not to maintain peace have incited mobs. “The amendment is only of three pages and needs to be studied,” he added.
Tiwari said that the BJP did not have the majority in Rajya Sabha. Other parties have voted in the upper house in favour of the CAA; only then, it has passed, he said. “There is nothing in this law that violates the rights of any person,” he assured the Muslims he met.
Javadekar slams INC
The BJP on Friday accused the Indian National Congress (INC) and Rahul Gandhi of misleading the country by lying on issues like CAA, NPR and the overall citizenship issue, saying that the people had rejected the INC and now its false pretences.
Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters at the party headquarters, “Congress’s culture is full of chaos and instability. They are corrupt and they want to corrupt everything. But they must understand that the people have rejected them in the election and they will not be misled by them anymore.”
Javadekar said, addressing the INC, “Today we demand of you that you stop lying. You have failed to mislead the country. The country has rejected you. Stop making false promises like debt relief, which you never fulfilled.”