Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Implemented Ahead Of Lok Sabha Polls

Jairam Ramesh, the Congress's Communications In-charge, criticized the delay in notifying the rules for the CAA, stating that it took over four years and three months for the Modi Government to do so.

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Implementation Of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Ahead Of Lok Sabha Polls.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been implemented by the Centre, five years after its passage in Parliament. This move comes just ahead of the announcement of dates for the Lok Sabha elections by the Election Commission of India.

The applications for citizenship will now be submitted online through a dedicated web portal.

Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had stated that the CAA would be implemented before the Lok Sabha elections this year, following the issuance of the necessary rules.

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The CAA, which was enacted by Parliament on December 11, 2019, has been a topic of intense debate and has sparked widespread protests across India.

The primary objective of the CAA is to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, providing a fast-track pathway to Indian citizenship for migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Specifically, it aims to grant citizenship to individuals belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian communities who entered India on or before December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution in their home countries.

During the initial implementation of the CAA, there were significant sit-ins at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and protest gatherings in Guwahati, Assam. However, these protests eventually subsided due to the Covid-induced restrictions and lockdowns.

In light of the government’s recent notification, the Delhi Police has increased security in and around the Shaheen Bagh area, which was previously the epicenter of the anti-CAA protests.

The timing of the government’s notification has raised questions from the Congress party, who believe it was done to “polarize the elections.”

Jairam Ramesh, the Congress’s Communications In-charge, criticized the delay in notifying the rules for the CAA, stating that it took over four years and three months for the Modi Government to do so.

Ramesh also suggested that the timing of the notification, just before the elections, was an attempt to manage headlines after the Supreme Court’s strictures on the Electoral Bonds Scandal.

The implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act ahead of the Lok Sabha polls has undoubtedly sparked further political discussions and debates.

The opposition parties, including the Congress, have raised concerns about the potential polarization of voters and the timing of the notification. It remains to be seen how these developments will impact the electoral landscape, particularly in West Bengal and Assam.

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