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Kejriwal accuses BJP of engaging in ‘vote bank politics’ regarding CAA implementation

Arvind Kejriwal Criticizes Modi Government's CAA Implementation

Arvind Kejriwal Criticizes Modi Government’s CAA Implementation

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sharply criticized the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). In a scathing statement made on Monday, Kejriwal expressed his dismay over the timing of the CAA’s introduction, alleging political motives behind the move.

“After ruling the country for 10 years, the Modi government has brought CAA before the elections. This is at a time when the poor and middle class are suffering due to inflation and unemployed youth are struggling from door to door for employment. Instead of solving those real issues, these people have brought CAA,” Kejriwal stated on the social platform X.

Kejriwal further highlighted concerns regarding the potential impact of the CAA, particularly focusing on the implications for employment and housing. He questioned the government’s priorities, suggesting that accommodating immigrants from neighbouring countries could strain resources and opportunities already scarce for Indian citizens.

“It is being said that the minorities from three neighbouring countries will be granted citizenship. It means they want people from neighbouring countries to settle in India. Why? Just for the vote bank. When our youths don’t have jobs, who will employ people settling here from different countries? Who will build homes for them? Will BJP provide them jobs or build houses for them,” Kejriwal remarked.

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The Aam Aadmi Party convenor also criticized the government’s approach towards addressing economic challenges, citing the departure of over 11 lakh industrialists due to policy dissatisfaction. He argued that instead of focusing on bringing back these businesses, the government seemed more inclined towards using immigrants as a potential vote bank.

“The entire country is protesting against CAA. First, provide jobs for our children, and build homes for our people. Then you can bring people from other countries. In the world, every country stops poor from other nations as it affects employment opportunities for the local population. BJP is the only political party in the world that is playing dirty politics to make the poor from other countries its vote bank. It is against the country,” Kejriwal asserted.

Kejriwal also emphasized the opposition to the CAA in the northeastern states, particularly in Assam, where concerns about immigration from Bangladesh have been long-standing. He accused the BJP of betraying the people of Assam and the northeastern states, predicting a backlash in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has notified the rules for the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act, more than four years after its passage in Parliament. The law aims to expedite the citizenship process for non-Muslims who entered India from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh before December 31, 2014. The notification clears the way for granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants from these three neighbouring countries.

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