PM Modi spent the night at Belur Math and then addressed an event. (Image: PMO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited Belur Math in Bengal and once again tried to defuse the fears over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) a day after he faced fierce protests in Kolkata.
Speaking at a rally in Belur Math on the outskirts of Kolkata, PM Modi said, "CAA has nothing to do with snatching away anyone's citizenship rights. It is a law to give citizenship to persecuted minorities."
"Why is CAA so important and the youth wants to know. Many rumours are going around and our young generation is being fed lies and misconceptions. We have to answer them with correct information and so I appeal to people from Northeast and Bengal that it is not that we are giving citizenship and have made a law on it overnight," said PM Modi.
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"We all must know that anyone coming from a different country who follows the Indian Constitution can be a citizen. CAA is only an amendment in it. We have changed and have facilitated the opportunity of giving citizenship to those who have been living in difficult circumstances in other countries," he said.
The Prime Minister went on to pitch for the Citizenship Act saying the government is only fulfilling the dreams and wishes of Mahatma Gandhi.
"From Mahatma Gandhi to those in government many have said that people who are tortured in Pakistan and other nations should be given citizenship in India on humanitarian grounds," said PM Modi.
He also hit out at the Opposition. At the rally, PM Modi asked the students present if they understand what he is trying to say on the citizenship rights. When the crowd broke into a loud cheer, PM Modi said, "You understood this very clearly. But those playing political games purposely refuse to understand. People are being misled over the Citizenship Act."
PM Modi is visiting Bengal for two days. On Sunday he visited Belur Math, paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary at the Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission.