Budget Session: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday inaugurated the budget session by addressing the joint session of Parliament. In which he listed the achievements of the government. He described the citizenship law as Bapu’s wish. He also said that the procedures which were earlier for people of all faiths of the world who believe in India and want to take citizenship of India are the same today.
As soon as the President mentioned the citizenship law in his address, the MPs of the party raised applause and the opposition MPs started making noise. During this time the President was constantly reading his address. President Kovind said that we have an obligation to respect the will of the nation makers.
He said, ‘In the atmosphere created after Partition, the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had said that-‘ Hindus and Sikhs of Pakistan, who do not want to live there, can come to India. It is the duty of the Government of India to provide them a normal life. Supporting this idea of Bapu, many national leaders and political parties also took it forward from time to time. It is our responsibility to honor that wish of our nation makers.
The President said, ‘I am pleased that the will of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi has been fulfilled by enacting the Citizenship Amendment Act by both the Houses of Parliament. I also condemn the atrocities on minorities in Pakistan, urging the world community to take cognizance of it and take necessary steps in this direction. ‘
The President said that granting citizenship to refugees would not affect anyone. He said, ‘My government makes it clear again that the procedures which were earlier for people of all religions of the world who believe in India and want to take citizenship of India are still the same today. A person of any creed can complete these processes and become a citizen of India. The government has made several provisions for granting citizenship to refugees without any cultural impact on an area and especially in the North East.
Violence during protests weakens democracy: Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind termed the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) as historic and said that violence weakens democracy during protests. He said that Parliament has made a record by passing several historic laws in the first seven months after the formation of the new government. He said that the government is taking strong steps to make this decade India’s decade.
Pointing to the ongoing protests in the country on various issues, including the CAA, he said that violence weakens democracy during protests. He said that the people of the country are happy that Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh will get equal rights as the rest of the country after seven decades.
On this occasion, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and other Union Ministers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, various Opposition leaders and MPs from the ruling and opposition parties were present.
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