In a recent statement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah confirmed the imminent implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The CAA, passed into law in December 2019, aims to offer citizenship to persecuted refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, particularly those belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian communities.

Shah reiterated that the primary objective of the legislation is to grant citizenship, not to revoke it from anyone.

He emphasized this point during his address at the ET Now-Global Business summit in Delhi, underscoring that the CAA does not contain provisions to strip individuals of their citizenship.

Highlighting the historical context, Shah criticized the previous Congress government for failing to fulfill its commitment to implementing the CAA, which was initially promised to refugees facing persecution in neighboring countries.

The implementation of the CAA has been met with controversy and widespread protests across the country.

Shah reassured that the Act is aimed at providing a refuge for those who have faced persecution and is not intended to infringe upon the citizenship rights of any individual.

Looking ahead to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Shah expressed confidence in the BJP's and NDA's electoral prospects, predicting a significant victory under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership for a third consecutive term.

On the political front, Shah addressed potential alliances with parties like the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), asserting the BJP's stance on family planning in politics and indicating ongoing discussions with SAD.

Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra, Shah dismissed his credibility to lead such a march, citing historical responsibilities linked to the country's partition in 1947.

Regarding the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Shah acknowledged the long-standing belief of the people in its construction at the birthplace of Lord Ram.