Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition of spreading misinformation about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and reiterated that the act is not to revoke anyone’s citizenship.
“You understood this very clearly. But those playing political games purposely refuse to understand. People are being misled over the Citizenship Amendment Act,” Modi said at the Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission.
“I repeat again, Citizenship Act is not to revoke anyone’s citizenship, but it is to give citizenship. After independence, Mahatma Gandhiji and other big leaders of the time all believed that India should give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities of Pakistan,” he added.
Modi arrived in Kolkata on Saturday evening on a two-day visit amidst protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act and “Go back” slogans.