New Delhi: AIMIM president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi showed disrespect to the Parliament by tearing a copy of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, in the Lok Sabha and said that the Bill tries to divide the country.
Owaisi said that he was following the footprints of Mahatma Gandhi, who opposed the certificate which was issued to Asia-origin people in South Africa while justifying his act to tear the Bill.
“You know madam how Mahatma Gandhi became Mahatma? He tore the national register card in South Africa. Since Mahatma tore that card, I am tearing this as it tries to divide the country,” he said.
“The government is hatching a conspiracy by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the NRC (National Register of Citizens) to make Muslims stateless. I oppose this Bill as it is against the Constitution and an insult to our freedom fighters,” he said.
The MPs said that Owaisi insulted Parliament by tearing down the Citizenship Amendment Bill. In addition, MPs alleged that Owaisi’s speech in parliament was communal and provocative.
293 voted in favour of the National Citizenship Amendment Bill, while 82 opposed it. This included Owaisi. Even before that, Owaisi had taken a stand against the country’s interests. Owaisi has also faced opposition from the Muslim community.
Owaisi’s statement against the Ayodhya verdict was highly controversial. Responding to the verdict, he said that Muslims do not need anyone’s generosity and that Muslims can buy five acres of land in Ayodhya. This was followed by Muslim community organizations allegations that Owaisi was misleading the Muslim community.