In video, veteran Cong leader -- then leader of opposition -- ‘asks for liberal approach to granting citizenship to minorities facing persecution in neighbouring countries’
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released an archive video of Rajya Sabha proceeding in 2003, in which former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is seen making an appeal for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
From its official Twitter handle, the BJP tweeted, “In 2003, speaking in Rajya Sabha, Dr Manmohan Singh, then Leader of Opposition, asked for a liberal approach to granting citizenship to minorities, who are facing persecution, in neighboring countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Citizenship Amendment Act does just that…”
In the video, Singh is heard saying: “While I am on this subject, Madam, I would like to say something, about the treatment of refugees. After the partition of our country, the minorities in countries like Bangladesh, have faced persecution, and it is our moral obligation that if circumstances force people, these unfortunate people, to seek refuge in our country, our approach to granting citizenship to these unfortunate persons should be more liberal.”
He then went on to draw attention of senior BJP leader, LK Advani to add: “I sincerely hope that the honorable deputy prime minister will bear this in mind in charting out the future of action with regard to the Citizenship Act.”