P Chidambaram's "Select 5 Critics..." Advice To PM On Citizenship Law

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram's "Select 5 Critics..." Advice To PM On Citizenship Law 

New Delhi: In the middle of ongoing protests over the amended Citizenship Act across the country, the senior leader of the Congress party P Chidambaram today offered a "suggestion" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweets, a day after PM Modi said that the new law will not "snatch anyone's citizenship". 

The Congress leader today said that PM Modi should "select five of his most articulate critics" and "have a televised Q and A session with them."

On Sunday, PM Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi while referring to the new law that makes religion test for citizenship for the first time in the history of the country. "The citizenship law is not to snatch (anyone's) citizenship, but to give citizenship. After independence, Mahatma Gandhi ji and other big leaders of the time all believed that India should give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities of Pakistan," he said on the second day of his Kolkata visit.

 

In a series of tweets, P Chidambaram today attacked PM over his Sunday's address said that he "talks from high platforms to silent audiences and does not take questions." "PM says that CAA is meant to give citizenship, not take it away. Many of us believe that CAA (in conjunction with NPR or NRC) will declare many persons as "non-citizens" and take away citizenship," he wrote in another post.

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The 74-year-old Congress leader, who is out on bail in the INX media case, then offered a "suggestion" to PM Modi. "The only way out is for the PM to select five of his most articulate critics and have a televised Q and A session with them. Let the people listen to the discussion and reach their conclusions on CAA," he tweeted.

"I sincerely hope PM will respond favourably to this suggestion," he further wrote.

Mr Chidambaram's remarks comes days after the Congress Working Committee or CWC - the top decision-making body of the party - passed a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). "The CAA is a discriminatory and divisive law. The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines," Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said at the meet.

Over the past few weeks, the nation has witnessed widespread protests against the citizenship law. The law, along with a National Register for Citizens (NRC) to identify illegal immigrants, will be used to target Muslims, feel protesters that include activists, politicians and many celebrities.

The government says the citizenship law will help non-Muslim minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh - to become Indian citizens easily if they fled to India before 2015 because of religious persecution. 

A meet will be held by opposition parties, in the backdrop of the student protests and the contentious citizenship law and the citizenship list NRC.