TDN World Desk: Dr SQR Ilyas, National President of Welfare Party of India, strongly criticized the clearance given by the cabinet to Citizenship Amendment bill (CAB)2019 and stated that the bill is ‘unconstitutional’ as it violates Article 14,15 &16 of the constitution.

Opposing the CAB – that aims at giving Indian Citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jains, Parsis and Christian refugees if they have entered India from Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh on or before December 31st 2014 leaving out only Muslims – Mr Illyas said, “this is against the spirit of pluralism and defeats the much acclaimed slogan of BJP party Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.”

Hitting out at ruling BJP party’s ideological mentor, the RSS, Dr Ilyas said, “the BJP party is pushing the RSS agenda of establishing a Hindu Rashtra through this Bill, destroying the idea of socialist, secular, democratic republic India.’’

“This Bill is passed for political reasons to create vote bank and not on any humanitarian grounds as many refugees from other neighboring countries like Myanmar,Tibet and Srilanka are ignored,” added he.

He urged the government think beyond hindu muslim binary and address the real issues of this country.

Alleging that the CAB is introduced as a ploy to distract the people from real issues, he asked the government how it will provide for the refugees when it has failed on all fronts to provide its own citizens.

He said the government is not taking into consideration the huge influx which will alter the demography and affect the ethnicity of the indeginious people in the North Eastern States by legalizing the illegal Non-Muslims through this bill.

Dr Ilyas warned and said that the nation bled with two nation theory which resulted in partition and not to revisit it by introducing such a divisive bill.

He urged all other political parties to strongly oppose the bill. He called all the citizens to stand united and carry out agitation and campaign throughout the nation till the government withdraws it.