CAB introduced to hide ongoing economic slowdown: Prakash Ambedkar

Ambedkar further stated that Section 5 of the Indian Constitution provides citizenship to the non-citizens of the country while adding that the CAB ignores Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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After the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was tabled on Monday in Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar said that the bill is being pushed to hide the ongoing economic slowdown in the country.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.

Later, after a day-long debate, the CAB was passed in Lok Sabha with 311 Ayes and 80 Noes. The vote happened after midnight. The CAB will be debated in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The CAB will give citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis who got into India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan while leaving Muslims.

Reacting to the bill, Ambedkar said that ‘Right to Equality’ is being compromised on the basis of religion. Everyone is equal before the law as per Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, Ambedkar added.

With the introduction of this bill, the Right to Equality is being compromised on the basis of religion. We can’t let this happen to a diverse and secular country like India,” said Ambedkar.

Ambedkar further stated that Section 5 of the Indian Constitution provides citizenship to the non-citizens of the country while adding that the CAB ignores Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

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The CAB is biased, on the lines of religion, as it only provides citizenship to Hindu, Parsi, Jain, Christian and Sikh communities from the neighbouring countries,” Prakash Ambedkar asserted.

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