Rumours are being spread, there's no need to worry: Gadkari on Citizenship Amendment Act 

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 13, 2019, 09.02 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

File photo: Nitin Gadkari Photograph:( PTI )

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'Should we spread a red carpet for the foreign nationals who are entering our country?' Gadkari quipped.  

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday reacted on the ongoing row on the Citizenship Amendment Act and said that there is nothing worry.

"Rumours are being spread," he told media today.

Gadkari said that the bill seeks to give place to people of "Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Christian communities who don't find a place in any other country" and that they will be given citizenship.

"We're neither against Muslims nor we're asking anyone to go to Pakistan. There's nothing to worry. Rumours are being spread," the minister stated. 

"Should we spread a red carpet for the foreign nationals who are entering our country?" Gadkari quipped.  

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"The welfare of the county and politics should be kept apart," he said. 

Meanwhile, protests in the northeastern states of India continue against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

As many as 26 Army columns have been deployed in Assam to support the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to handle the situation there, news agency ANI reported. 

Mobile Internet services were suspended for another 48 hours in 10 districts of Assam on Friday after the administration had suspended mobile Internet services for 24 hours on Wednesday in 10 districts.

On Thursday two people were killed in police firing in the northeast as the mob continued to protest the Act. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 turned into an Act after President Kovind gave his assent on late Thursday night. 

The Act seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants, fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.