Drawing these kinds of parallels in present-day problem fake, fraud: Cong hits again at BJP above Manmohan online video

NEW DELHI: After BJP posted a 2003 video of

Manmohan Singh

advocating citizenship to minorities



, the Congress claimed drawing such parallels in present-day condition was “pretend and fraud” as no past governing administration experienced to modify the regulation for the objective.

“There is a Liaqat-Nehru pact and there is chat of 1971. Is it equivalent? What happened in the course of Partition, is it similar today?” Congress spokesperson

Abhishek Singhvi


“These examples are fake, fraud,” he additional.

He claimed the dispensation led by Manmohan Singh concerning 2004 and 2014 “did not pass a new law” so as to give citizenship to persons.

“You can give (it) to some people today via a notification. But right now you introduced a new law by naming communities in a few nations. No government brought a new law like this. Did Vajpayee government bring these types of a legislation by bringing a few varieties of citizenship,” he asked.

“…it was not a foundation of our Structure or the law. This was by no means imagined by anyone nor any one proposed it,” the Congress chief claimed.

Facing flak from opposition parties in excess of the new citizenship legislation, the BJP on Thursday posted a movie clip of Congress chief Singh’s 2003 speech in the

Rajya Sabha

in which he experienced advocated a “most liberal” tactic to grant citizenship to minorities from neighbouring international locations like Bangladesh.

In the online video, the former prime minister is heard declaring, “Immediately after the partition of our state, minorities in nations like Bangladesh have faced persecution. And it is our moral obligation that if conditions pressure people – these regrettable people today – to look for refuge in our country, our solution to granting citizenship to these unfortunate people should be most liberal”.

“I sincerely hope that the honourable deputy prime minister will bear this in mind in charting out the foreseeable future training course of motion with regard to the citizenship act,” he stated.

As Singh, who was the key minister between 2004-fourteen, finished his speech, then Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah is heard telling L K Advani, the then deputy primary minister, that minorities in Pakistan were also suffering and they as well must be taken treatment of.

Advani acknowledged the issue and reported he fully endorsed what the leader of opposition (Singh) stated.

The clip is from a discussion on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was brought by then Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led governing administration.