Modi pitches for Citizenship Bill

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2019 09:47:13



AS A raucous debate rages on over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for the contentious piece of legislation on Saturday, insisting it would bring “justice and respectability” to those who faced religious persecution.

Modi, who took his electoral battle to strident critic West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s turf, launched a blistering attack against the State’s ruling TMC, accusing it of orchestrating violence targeting BJP workers and claiming she had become jittery due to people’s love for his party. “India got Independence after splitting it into pieces. People thought they can make a living in the country of their choice, but there they faced atrocities and torture because of communal malice...Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis.

“It was because of this that we brought the Citizenship Bill. These people have no place to go other than India. Should they not be given justice and respectability? I ask the TMC to support the Bill and facilitate its passage in Parliament.”
Soon there was commotion as people pressed their way through the wooden log barriers in an attempt to move ahead to have a closer look at the Prime Minister.Repeated attempts by Modi to calm down the edgy crowd fell on deaf ears as people began throwing chairs inside the no-man zone in front of the dais to create space for others who clambered across the barricades into the inner ring. An unspecified number of people, including women, were reported to have been injured in the melee. As the situation threatened to get uglier, Modi ended his speech within 14 minutes and left the venue.

TMC killing aspirations of middle class, says PM: IN A scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused it of killing the aspirations of the middle class people in the State and said the ruling party in West Bengal is known for ‘triple T -- Trinamool Tolabaji Tax’. In local parlance, ‘tolabaji’ is roughly understood as an act of organised extortion.