PM Narendra Modi reaches out to youth, says they are being misguided on CAAJanuary 13, 2020
Reaching out to students and the youth of the country on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated that the Act was brought to give citizenship to people and not take it away from anyone.
Speaking at the Belur Math in Kolkata, where Modi addressed a gathering primarily comprising the youth, the prime minister said although most students and youth understand the importance of CAA and why the union government passed the law, there remained some who are being misled on the issue. Modi said it was the duty of the youth to make people aware of the importance of CAA.
“We are giving citizenship to people under CAA and not taking it away. Even today anyone from any country whether a believer in God or not can take citizenship of India if the person believes in the Constitution of the country,” the PM said.
The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has been facing protests across the country by political parties, alliance members and student organisations over the implementation of CAA.
Modi is on a two-day visit to West Bengal and the timing of his appeal to youth is interesting because the chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been holding regular protests against implementation of CAA. During Banerjee’s meeting with Modi on Saturday, the CM expressed her displeasure over implementation of CAA.
“We have made it easier to take citizenship of India through CAA. There are minorities in Pakistan who are facing religious persecution, should we not help them? Will you (youth) help me do it? We have only followed the wo