THE CPIML strongly condemns the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016) in the Lok Sabha.

The Bill strikes at the very heart of the Indian Republic and seeks to change its fundamental basis, in the direction of the Sangh's notion of a Hindu Nation. It seeks to introduce a distinction among refugees on the basis of their religious affiliation and identity. According to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, non-Muslim refugees coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan without valid travel documents would not be treated as illegal migrants and would be allowed to apply for Indian Citizenship on easier terms than are currently prescribed for persons seeking the status of naturalised Indian citizens. This is nothing but a backdoor entry for Hindu Rashtra by defining citizenship on a religious basis and sanctifying the hounding of Muslim immigrants as infiltrators and a 'threat to security'.

The CPI(ML) demands the withdrawal of the Bill.

CPIML strongly condemns the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016)2