All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday drew parallels between the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnahs two-nation theory, saying the legislation would bring dishonour to freedom fighters, if passed, ANI reported.
As an Indian Muslim, I rejected Jinnahs theory, now you are making a law wherein unfortunately you will be reminding the nation of two-nation theory, Owaisi said. The AIMIM chief said the proposed legislation violates Constitutions Article 14 (equality before law) and Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty) as it seeks to provide citizenship on the basis of religion.
Owaisis remarks came hours after the Cabinet cleared the draft law. The bill is expected to be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament in the next few days. It seeks to amend a 1955 law to grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from the Muslim-majority nations of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years.
Owaisi said the Citizenship bill was disrespectful towards Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar. If media reports are correct that Northeast states will be exempted from proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, then it in itself is a great violation of Article 14...