Prime Minister Narendra Modi today denied that there were any detention centres in India, and implied that the nationwide rollout of citizens’ list may not be happening. He said The Congress and the “urban Naxals” were spreading rumours and brainwashing anyone unclear about it.
PM Modi said The Muslims of India don’t need to worry at all. The CAB and the NRC will not apply to the Muslims of the country,” PM Modi said at a mega rally at Ramlila Maidan, meant to launch the BJP’s campaign for the assembly elections in Delhi.
“I want to tell the 130 crore citizens of India that since my government has come to power, since 2014, there has been no discussion on NRC anywhere. Only after the Supreme Court’s order, this exercise was done for Assam,”
“Lies are being spread. There are leaders who told in TV interviews that NRC across India will involve such heavy expenses but I want to say why you are you wasting your mental energy in something that is not even there he added.
Launching a scathing attack on opposition parties like the Congress, AAP, TMC and the Left over their protests against the law, he said India had an opportunity to expose Pakistan over its discrimination against minorities but it was lost due to their politics.
Modi devoted a considerable part of his nearly 100-minute speech, which he started with the slogan of ‘vividhta me ekta, Bharat ki visheshta’ (Unity in diversity is India’s speciality) , to allay concerns of Muslims and said they should look at his “track record” and not listen to “tape record” of his rivals.
He cited his development schemes like giving LPG cylinders to the poor and health insurance scheme to assert that it has never mattered to his government whether people go to temple or mosque.
“The citizenship law or the NRC have nothing to do with Indian Muslims. They have nothing to worry,” he said, accusing the Congress, its allies and “urban naxals” of spreading the rumour that Muslims will be sent to detention centres.
The citizenship law, he added, has in fact nothing to do Indian citizens.
In a clear justification of having a nationwide National Register of Citizens, he said infiltrators never “reveal” themselves unlike refugees who never “hide” their identities.