Making a strong pitch for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday his Government will stand with the children of “Ma Bharti” who have faced persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Addressing a rally in Vijaypur in Jammu region, Modi said, “There are many children of Ma Bharti who have faced persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh...We will stand with those who were part of India at one time, but got separated from us (due to the Partition in 1947).”
Targeting the Congress for its opposition to the legislation, he said the party, when it was in power, did not pay “attention of the pain of our brothers and sisters”.
“But we have brought the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with a commitment... If they are discriminated on the basis of faith, the country will stand up with them,” the Prime Minister said. He also referred to the Kartarpur Corridor issue to target the Congress.
“The previous Governments had the tendency to ignore the necessities and sentiments of the country. You are well aware of that. Take Kartarpur corridor issue for instance. Had they paid attention, then the land of Guru Nanak Dev would have been a part of India,” Modi said, referring to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak had settled.
During the maharally Prime Minister also welcomed Retired Lt General R K Sharma and Mohammad Haneef, father of Rifleman Aurangzeb, who was martyred by terrorists in the Valley last year.
Amid tight security arrangements, Modi took time off to visit the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. Modi waved at people from the boat while enjoying the view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the urban lake, also known as the “jewel in the crown of Kashmir”
In Leh, Modi launched the University of Ladakh, a first in the region, established under the University of Ladakh Act 2018. It will be a cluster university comprising degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi. The university will have administrative offices in Leh and Kargil.