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Narendra Modi, Citizenship Amendment Act, protests in Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia

Dubai - The CAA does not affect any citizen of India of any religion, Modi said.

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Published: Mon 16 Dec 2019, 12:02 PM

Last updated: Mon 16 Dec 2019, 8:41 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reacted to the nationwide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. (Protests across India over citizenship law)

"The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by both Houses of Parliament with overwhelming support. Large number of political parties and MPs supported its passage. This Act illustrates India's centuries old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood," Modi tweeted.

"I want to unequivocally assure my fellow Indians that CAA does not affect any citizen of India of any religion. No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India," he added.

"The need of the hour is for all of us to work together for the development of India and the empowerment of every Indian, especially the poor, downtrodden and marginalised. We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance. This is the time to maintain peace, unity and brotherhood. It is my appeal to everyone to stay away from any sort of rumour mongering and falsehoods," he concluded.

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