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Published: 16:21, 2 March 2021  
Priyanka: BJP lacks courage to speak on CAA in Assam

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi during a poll rally in Assam on Monday. | Congress/Twitter

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said that while leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party speak about the Citizenship Amendment Act in other parts of the country, they do not have the courage to do so in Assam, PTI reported.

“They [BJP leaders] lack the courage to mention it [CAA] in the state and people of Assam should never allow them to even talk about it, let alone implement it,” she said. The Congress leader was addressing a public meeting in Lakhimpur city, during her two-day visit to poll-bound Assam, according to PTI.

Last month, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, while speaking at an election rally in Assam, had said that the citizenship law will not be implemented, “come what may”.

On January 24, Union Home Minister Amit Shah remained silent on the contentious matter while he was in the state on a campaign trail. However, weeks later, when Shah visited another poll-bound state West Bengal, he said that the law will be implemented after the coronavirus vaccination drive in the country ended. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose not to speak on CAA during his visit to Assam.

The Citizenship Amendment Act notified on January 10, provides citizenship to refugees from six minority religious communities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, provided they have lived in India for six years and entered the country by December 31, 2014. Across the country, protests broke out last year against the law, seen as an assault on secular values inscribed in the Constitution.

The citizenship law has been widely criticized as discriminatory and Indian Muslims fear it could be used with the National Register of Citizens to harass and disenfranchise them.

In Assam and other states of the North East, it activated older anxieties – that communities defined as indigenous to the region would be swamped by Bengali-speaking migrants from Bangladesh.