NEW DELHI: Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday targeted Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for linking the issue of Sikhs and Hindus fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), se asking if he was “misleading” on the matter.
Puri, a senior BJP official, on Sunday stressed the need for the CAA given Sikhs and Hindus fleeing Afghanistan captured by the Taliban on August 15.
“The recent developments in our volatile neighborhood and the way Sikhs and Hindus are going through a difficult time is precisely why it was necessary to enact the law amending the citizenship law,” he tweeted.
Owaisi, the president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in a series of tweets, questioned Puri’s claim.
“CAA only applies to immigrants WITHOUT DOCUMENTS. It also does not apply beyond 2014. How does it help people who are now entering India WITH proper visas. you not read the law your government enacted with such bravado? Or are you deliberately misleading? ” Owaisi tweeted.
He said the Afghan refugees would have benefited from a religiously neutral law that he demanded but the government did not accept.
“I had demanded a religiously neutral law that would have really helped these refugees, but that was too much for a religion-obsessed sarkar.
Such a law would not only have helped these minorities, but also the Afghans who worked with us in our 4 consulates and embassies, “he said in another tweet.
In addition, the MP for Lok Sabha from Hyderabad also accused the government of lacking “forethought”, claiming that the “exclusion” of the “persecuted” Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks from Afghanistan was also a “strategic error. “that he had warned earlier.
The Indian government has undertaken an evacuation exercise to airlift Hindus, Sikhs and indigenous people from the neighboring country.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which came into force on January 10, 2020, has witnessed widespread protests across the country, with Delhi becoming a hub of resistance against the legislation.
Most opposition parties vehemently protested against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, presented to Parliament by the Modi government, claiming it was “community” in nature.
The CAA grants citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan due to the religious persecution they face in their countries of origin.
India announced on August 17 that it will issue an emergency electronic visa to Afghan nationals who wish to come to the country given the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.
All Afghans, regardless of their religion, can apply for the “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” online and the applications will be processed in New Delhi.
“Interior Ministry is reviewing visa arrangements in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new electronic visa category called” e-Emergency X-Misc Visa “has been introduced to speed up entry visa applications in India, “said an interior ministry. the spokesperson had said.
The visa would initially be valid for six months, officials said.