Either Centre hiding or misleading Parliament over no religion break-up of citizenship granted during 2014-19, says Nawab Malik

DN Bureau

NCP leader Nawab Malik on Thursday claimed that either Centre was hiding or misleading Parliament over no religion break-up of citizenship granted during 2014-19 as senior ministers are announcing break-ups publicly.

NCP leader Nawab Malik
NCP leader Nawab Malik

Mumbai: NCP leader Nawab Malik on Thursday claimed that either Centre was hiding or misleading Parliament over no religion break-up of citizenship granted during 2014-19 as senior ministers are announcing break-ups publicly.

The NCP national spokesperson's statement comes a day after Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed in the Parliament that as many as 18,999 people from neighbouring countries have been granted Indian citizenship during 2014-19.

On the floor of the House of the Parliament, the government said they have granted citizenship to 19,000 people during 2014-19. The government also explained there is no religion break-up citizenship. 

Most of them are from Bangladesh. Then on what basis Nirmala Sitharaman (Finance Minister) and Rajnath Singh (Defence Minister) have claimed that 600 Muslims have been granted Indian citizenship," asked Malik."

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"If Parliament misled or the government cannot give the break up to the Parliament, then why senior ministers are announcing numbers and break-ups publicly. Either they have misled the country or hiding something," he said.

In a written reply to a question regarding country-wise details of applications for Indian Citizenship during 2014-19 in Rajya Sabha, Rai on Wednesday had informed that records of persons granted citizenship under section 5 by registration or under section 6 by naturalization of the Citizenship Act, 1955 are maintained as per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and rules made thereunder.
The Minister stated that these records are not maintained religion-wise.

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After signing of Indo-Bangladesh Land Boundry Agreement, 14,864 Bangladeshi nationals were granted Indian Citizenship under section 7 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Rai stated. In total, 15,036 Bangladeshi nationals have been granted Indian citizenship.

Meanwhile, 2,935 Pakistani nationals were granted citizenship during this period. (ANI)








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