BJP lawmaker and actor Ravi Kishan on Wednesday sparked off yet another controversy over his remarks on the Citizenship Amendment Bill saying it was a proud moment for all Hindus.
Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament on Wednesday, BJP MP Ravi Kishan defended the controversial bill saying India is a Hindu Rashtra with Hindus in the majority.
“Population of Hindus is 100 crores…so obviously India is a Hindu Rashtra. There are so many Muslim and Christian countries, so it is amazing that we have a country called Bharat to keep alive our culture.”
BJP MP from Gorakhpur (UP) Ravi Kishan: Population of Hindus is 100 crores, so obviously India is a Hindu Rashtra. There are so many Muslim & Christian countries, so it is amazing that we have a country called ‘Bharat’ to keep alive our culture. pic.twitter.com/ydj0Bh5EOD
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This is a proud moment for all of us, Ravi Kishan said outside the Parliament amid debate over the bill.
Earlier in the day, the Union Cabinet cleared the bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there.
A bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, is likely to be introduced in the Parliament in the next two days, the sources said.
Congress has opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with party leader Shashi Tharoor saying it undermines the fundamental tenets of the Constitution.
“I think the bill is fundamentally unconstitutional because the basic idea of India has been violated in the bill. Those who believe that religion should determine nationhood… that was the idea of Pakistan, they created Pakistan. We have always argued that our idea of nation was what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehruji, Maluana Azad, Dr Ambedkar have said, that religion cannot determine nationhood,” Tharoor told reporters in Parliament premises.
“Ours is a country for everybody and everybody, irrespective of religion, has equal rights in this country, and the Constitution that they wrote reflected that. Today, this bill undermines this fundamental tenet of the Constitution,” Tharoor said.