'India belongs to everybody': Rahul Gandhi says Congress will oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the party will oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill aimed at providing citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan

Press Trust of India December 08, 2019 14:01:09 IST
'India belongs to everybody': Rahul Gandhi says Congress will oppose Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament
  • Speaking against thte Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), Rahul Gandhi said that Congress is against any form of discrimination against anybody in India

  • 'We believe that India belongs to everybody, all communities, all religions, all cultures,' Gandhi told reporters in Kozhikode, Kerala

  • Gandhi's statement comes as CAB which has created strong resentment in the northeastern states, is set to be tabled in Parliament

Kozhikode: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the party will oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill aimed at providing citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

India belongs to everybody Rahul Gandhi says Congress will oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament

Rahul Gandhi campaigning in Mumbai ahead of the Maharashtra polls. Image courtesy: Twitter/@INCIndia

His statement comes as the contentious citizenship bill, which has created strong resentment in the northeastern states, is set to be tabled in Parliament.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday had given its clearance to the draft law.

"Congress party is against any form of discrimination against anybody in this country. So, anybody who discriminates against anybody who is Indian, we are against them.

"That is our line. We believe that India belongs to everybody — all communities, all religions, all cultures," Gandhi told reporters.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been slammed by several opposition parties as communal and divisive.

Congress has threatened to go to the Supreme Court to challenge the proposed legislation.

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