Patna: India's Home Minister Amit Shah, speaking at a public rally in Vaishali on Thursday, tried to assuage a crowd saying no one had anything to fear about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as it was all about including people and not about excluding anyone or any particular community.
"I have come here to put an end to all the rumors that some people have been spreading about the CAA. There is nothing in this Act that should cause worry to anyone. This Act is about including more people and excluding anyone," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.
In a clear attempt to mollify Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his supporters, the Home Minister said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was strong in the state and the BJP and the JD-U had an 'unbreakable' relationship.
"No one can cause a crack in this alliance," he thundered.
Shah then took shots at Lalu Prasad Yadav saying the jailed president of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was once again dreaming of becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar.
"While in jail, Lalu Prasad Yadav is once again dreaming about becoming the CM of Bihar. People must remember that during the Lalu Raj, the growth rate of Bihar was 3%. Under Nitish Raj, however, this rate has gone up to 11%," he said.
Justifying the implementation of CAA by the Modi administration, the Home Minister said that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains who were left in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, their population had dwindled to a meagre 3%.
"Can Rahul Baba or Lalu Yadav explain what happened to these people in Pakistan and Bangladesh," Shah asked before answering his own question saying systematic killing of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in these countries led to their near-extinction state and those who survived want to leave their country and seek asylum in India.
He then blamed the Congress and Mamata Banerjee for inciting riots across the country saying it was the Congress Party that divided the nation on the basis of one's religion and not the BJP.
"I have come here to tell the Muslims of Bihar that they are under no threat to lose their citizenship under the new law and they should not pay any attention to those who are still guided by dividing the country on religion basis," Shah said adding it were leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Acharya Kriplani, and Maulana Azad who had originally mooted the idea of CAA and now that the Modi government has actually turned their dream into a reality, suddenly the Congress and other have turned against it.
Shah continued to take shots at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (calling him Mauni Baba), Lalu Prasad Yadav, and Mamata Banerjee saying they all were speaking the language of Pakistan and like Pakistani PM Imran Khan, were asking for proof of the 'surgical strike' carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pulwama in Pakistan.
"I want to know what is the relationship between Congress, Lalu, Mamata and Pakistan," he said.