HM Amit Shah accuses Opposition of misinterpreting CAA to frighten Muslim community

Home Minister chairs 24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Bhubaneswar

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has accused opposition parties of spreading misinformation about the controversial CAA and inciting communal riots. People should come out and ask those fomenting trouble to explain which clause of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act intends to deprive people of their citizenship. “Opposition parties are spreading misinformation that Muslims will lose their Indian citizenship because of the CAA. They are instigating people and fomenting riots.” Addressing a pro-CAA BJP rally in Bhubaneswar on Friday, February 28 after 24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting that no Indian Muslim will lose citizenship because of the new law, he said and added   the Narendra Modi government addressed several intractable issues that had festered for 70 years, including repeal of provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and prevented its integration with the rest of the country. Earlier ,24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting was held under his chairmanship it was attended by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.  Finance Minister of Jharkhand Rameswar Oram represented Chief Minister Hemanta Soren. The meeting has discussed several issues including inter-state water issues, power transmission lines, royalty on and operationalization of coals mines, land and forest clearance of rail projects, investigation of heinous offenses, cattle smuggling across country’s borders, lack of telecom and banking infrastructure in remote areas, petroleum projects, sharing pattern on centrally collected revenues etc. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is the Vice Chairman and host of the Eastern Zonal Council Meeting, urged the Union Home Minister to give Focus-State Status to Odisha as it has been facing numerous natural disasters. Patnaik also appealed for increasing banking, tele-density and coal royalty during the meeting.  The Chief Ministers of are accompanied by two Cabinet Ministers from each state as members of the council. Speaking to reporters Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said there was no discussion CAA, NPR and NRC. Nor did anybody take up the issues in Eastern Zonal Council meet. She had taken up issues related to her state.

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