Me­hbooba against grant­ing ci­ti­zen­ship to Hindu, Sikh mi­grants

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Sri­na­gar, Jan 11: Tak­ing a jibe at Naren­dra Modi-led NDA gov­ern­ment for grant­ing ci­ti­zen­ship to na­tion­als from three neigh­bour­ing coun­tries on the ba­sis of re­li­gion, for­mer Jammu and Kash­mir Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti on Fri­day said even the coun­try (Pak­istan) which was formed on the ba­sis of two na­tion the­ory has changed its at­ti­tude to­wards mi­nori­ties and declared tem­ples as national her­itage.

Amid the on­go­ing row over the Ci­ti­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019 which was re­cently passed by Lok Sabha and Ra­jya Sabha, pres­i­dent of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Me­hbooba re­ferred to Pak­istan to de­scribe how India is “match­ing” some of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try’s “poli­cies in spirit” through its “at­ti­tude to­wards mi­nori­ties.

Tak­ing to mi­cro blog­ging site Twit­ter on Fri­day, Me­hbooba, who headed a coali­tion gov­ern­ment with BJP for about three years, said, “Grant­ing ci­ti­zen­ship on the ba­sis of re­li­gion is ap­palling and dis­gust­ing in equal mea­sure. We are full of venom when it comes to Pak­istan but are match­ing some of its poli­cies in spirit.

She fur­ther said, “But even the coun­try that was formed on the ba­sis of the two-na­tion the­ory has changed its at­ti­tude to­wards

mi­nori­ties now. Tem­ples have been declared as national her­itage & ap­proved the Hindu mar­riage bill ".

The Bill, which was passed in both Houses of Par­lia­ment and is await­ing the Pres­i­dent's nod, aims to ac­cord ci­ti­zen­ship to peo­ple from six non-mus­lim mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties of Bangladesh, Pak­istan and Afghanistan who sought to es­cape "re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion" in those coun­tries. De­spite as­sur­ance from the Cen­tre, protests have bro­ken out across north­east states, es­pe­cially in As­sam, with ag­i­ta­tors de­mand­ing re­vo­ca­tion of the Bill.

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