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CAA doesn’t alter or challenge rights of citizen, says union minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri accused the opposition of spreading misinformation and inciting violence, and reiterated that the citizenship law does not alter India's secularism.

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New Delhi: Union Minster Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act does not alter India’s secular credentials and accused opposition parties of spreading “misinformation” on the new law.

“As opposition parties mount an anti-govt campaign using CAA as the lightening rod to spread misinformation, inflame passions, mobilise forces inimical to India’s interests & incite violence,” he tweeted.

“CAA neither alters nor challenges rights of any Indian citizen, irrespective of religion, caste, creed, sect, ethnicity or race. The narrative that it threatens religious minorities in India is ignorance at best, & treacherous at worst,” he said.

Puri added that the opposition against the new citizenship law was riding on a false narrative.

“CAA does not mean that Muslims who are otherwise persecuted in these countries cannot apply for Indian citizenship – in fact, in the last five years, PM Modi’s govt has granted citizenship to nearly 600 Muslims from these countries,” he said.

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