No voting rights for new citizens for 25 years: Sena Attacks Citizenship Bill

No voting rights for new citizens for 25 years: Sena Attacks Citizenship Bill

EC News Desk

Mumbai, December 9, 2019: Ahead of the tabling of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in parliament today by Home Minister Amit Shah, the government was accused of attempting an "invisible partition" of Hindus and Muslims by Shiv Sena. In a sharp editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Shiv Sena has raised several issues regarding the bill.

Although it did not directly oppose the bill, it suggested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to revoke voting rights of new citizens for the next 25 years.

It also warned the Centre that the bill could lead to an "invisible partition" of Hindus and Muslims.

The Sena party said that the bill could encourage "vote bank politics" which is against the best interest of the country.

Sena also questioned the timing of the bill and said there are several problems India faces at the moment and added that CAB would just turn out to be another controversial move.

The Sena editorial also highlighted that most of the states from the North East region have opposed the CAB along with Bihar and West Bengal.

"It is true that there is no other country for Hindus except Hindustan. But by accepting only Hindus among the illegal immigrants...will it be a trigger of a religious war in the country?" the Sena asked.

"If someone is trying to do a vote bank politics under the garb of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill then it is not in the interest of the country," it added.

(With inputs from India Today)