Kejriwal remark on CAA driven by specific religious politics, says Sachdeva

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Kejriwal remark on CAA driven by specific religious politics, says Sachdeva

Friday, 15 March 2024 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Taking exception to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks regarding the Citizenship (Amendment)Act, Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva on Thursday said the statement was driven by a specific religious politics. 

He said the person who resides in a mansion built with loot money now wants to tell how the country should be run. Kejriwal, having engaged in corruption for ten years, has lost his moral compass and is now making contradictory statements to please a specific group. Kejriwal only wants to indulge in religious politics because he has lost all human empathy, the BJP leader said.

Earlier, Kejriwal slammed the BJP-led Centre on Thursday over the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), saying an unimaginable number of people will come to India with the doors opening for minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's reported comments against him over the CAA, Kejriwal said the country is important. "He (Shah) has called me corrupt, but I am not important, the country is important. He did not answer the questions raised by me. He only abused me," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said at a digital press conference.

On Thursday, Kejriwal asked the Centre from where will jobs, houses and resources come for the refugees coming to India from Pakistan and Bangladesh. "A bigger migration than that in 1947 will happen due to the implementation of the CAA. There are 2.5 crore to 3 crore minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. An unimaginable number of people will come to India if the doors are thrown open for the minorities of neighbouring countries," he claimed. Kejriwal said the Centre says those who came to India before December 31, 2014 will be granted citizenship.

"What I want to ask them is, did people stop entering India after 2014? Earlier, infiltrators were scared of getting caught and punished but the CAA will do away with that fear. Infiltrators are still entering the country," he said. "Rohingyas came to India during your (BJP's) regime. Will you give jobs and ration cards to Pakistani infiltrators? Spending taxpayers' money on minorities from other countries is not acceptable. "Implementing the CAA will make the country unsafe and create a law-and-order situation," the AAP leader claimed.

Earlier, The Home Minister Amit Shah tore into the Opposition for targeting its decision to implement the law. He dismissed the criticism that CAA is "unconstitutional". "This law does not violate Article 14. There is a clear, reasonable classification here. This is a law for those who, due to partition, remained in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and were facing religious persecution and decided to come to India," the Union Minister said.

Taking a dig at Kejriwal, Sachdeva said Kejriwal's language is akin to Asaduddin Owaisi and Mamata Banerjee. Not a single statement has come from Kejriwal regarding the Rohingya Muslims, despite his tenure as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the past 10 years.

He said the taxpayers' money which Kejriwal talks about is used to provide a salary of 42,000 rupees to muslim clerics in Delhi, yet Kejriwal has never spoken up for priests, pastors, or scholars. The people of Delhi want to know why.

Delhi BJP President termed Kejriwal's statement as indicative of a distorted mindset and said everyone knew that BJP's manifesto had mentioned the implementation of CAA, and today, when it is being implemented, the AAP leader is attempting to give it a religious-political spin.

 Sachdeva said Rohingyas come into India through Bengal and infiltration, yet the Arvind Kejriwal government has provided them shelter. His own legislators have encroached and occupied illegally, and action has been taken against them, but not a word has come out of Kejriwal's mouth. Moreover, he does not have the courage to condemn the atrocities against Hindu and Sikh women in Pakistan and Afghanistan, let alone speak against the Sandeshkali incident in the country, Sachdeva said.

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