” Jinko virodh karna hai ka re… hum CAA wapas nahi lene wale hain. Hum virodh se darne wale nahi hain, hamara toh janm hi virodh mein hua hai (Let me say it loud and clear that whoever wants to protest can protest. We will not revoke CAA. We are not scared of agitation, we were born of it),” Shah said at a huge rally in the UP capital, his first after relinquishing the post of BJP president.
Shah’s announcement at the government’s “outreach programme” on the new citizenship law came against the backdrop of raging protests across the nation, including Lucknow, Kanpur and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
The home minister questioned civil society and human rights organisations on their silence on atrocities on minorities in neighbouring countries. “I met migrants and saw tears in their eyes. They have been given an opportunity to start a new journey by our government,” he said.
Challenging opposition party chiefs Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati for a debate on CAA, Shah said, “I dare you to show me any clause in the law that talks about stripping anyone’s citizenship. They are misguiding people as they are blinded by vote-bank politics.”
The home minister squarely blamed Congress for the Partition and dividing the country along religious lines. “Minority women in the neighboring countries were either raped or forcibly converted,” he said, reiterating the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was not about taking away citizenship, but giving it.
He accused SP chief Akhilesh Yadav of speaking against the country. “Those who speak against the interests of India will be sent to jail. You are allowed to speak against our party, not against the country,” he said. Shah also accused the opposition of speaking the language of Pakistan on a host of issues.