Anti-CAA protesters speaking Pakistan's language, says UP CM
Without taking names, Yogi Adityanath also criticised the "distinguished personalities" who have extended support to the anti-CAA protests.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday accused anti-CAA protesters of "speaking the language of Pakistan" and said such acts won't be tolerated.
He made the comments while addressing students at the convocation of a nursing college in Gorakhpur.
Without taking names, Yogi Adityanath also criticised the "distinguished personalities" who have extended support to the protests.
"Those staging protests at several places are directly or indirectly speaking in the language of Pakistan. The country is being cheated in the name of protests. Such acts won't be tolerated or accepted," said the Chief Minister.
The contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.
The CAA came into force in India in December. Post that, there have been widespread protests in the country against the act which many claim is “discriminatory” on religious grounds as it apparently excludes Muslims.
But the BJP government maintains that the act is meant for minorities persecuted in three neighbouring countries due to their faith.
"Some self-proclaimed intellectuals are misleading people about the Citizen Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens to create unrest in the country," said Yogi Adityanath.
The Chief Minister said a large number of protesters didn't know against whom they were protesting.
"When reporters at the India Gate asked them the reason behind the protest or about the law they were protesting against, surprisingly they didn't know anything about it. This proves that they are misled and we all need to come forward to stop them as such people are a hindrance to development."
Drawing a comparison between minorities in India and Pakistan, the Chief Minister said: "Muslims in India became Presidents of the country and judges of the Supreme Court while in Pakistan, it is difficult to find any Hindu, Sikh, Christian or Jain holding top posts.”
Earlier in the day, he took a dip in the Sangam in Allahabad.