Home Minister Amit Shah rules out withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Act


File photo: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

File photo: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Amid protests over the amended Citizenship Act, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted there was no question of going back on its implementation.

Amit Shah said there was nothing against minorities in the CAA, which was passed by Parliament last week and has received Presidential assent, and added it does not snatch away citizenship of anyone.

Seeking to turn the tables on the Congress for questioning the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), Amit Shah said the provision was ushered in by the national party as a consequence of the Assam Accord signed by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.

Amit Shah’s remark come on a day when opposition leaders knocked on the doors of President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention in repealing the citizenship amendment law and forming a commission of inquiry to probe violent protests and the subsequent police action.

Amit Shah made the remarks during a session webcast at the India Economic Conclave held here.

The home minister expressed confidence about the legislation passing the judicial test.

“We will definitely be able to defend the CAA in the Supreme Court. The Act will stand the scrutiny of the judiciary,” he added.

“Citizenship is completely a central government’s subject and not of the state,” he said.

Amit Shah claimed that by and large the situation in the country is under control after series of protests over the CAA in different parts.