CAA Implementation Before Model Code: Stirring Pre-Election Controversy

The passage of the CAA in December 2019 ignited widespread protests across the nation, triggering unrest and turmoil.

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Amidst speculation and anticipation, the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is poised to be implemented before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, stirring a fresh wave of controversy. Sources from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) suggest that the CAA rules could be notified imminently, signaling the processing of Indian citizenship applications from persecuted minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah reaffirmed the government’s commitment to implementing the CAA before the polls, emphasizing its role in providing citizenship rather than stripping it away. Speaking at the ET Now-Global Business summit, Shah addressed concerns, asserting the legislation’s objective and dispelling misconceptions.

The passage of the CAA in December 2019 ignited widespread protests across the nation, triggering unrest and turmoil. Originating in Assam and later spreading to major cities like Delhi, the protests resulted in significant casualties and arrests. By December-end, the toll reached 27 deaths, with Uttar Pradesh alone accounting for 22 fatalities. Over a thousand arrests were made, accompanied by the registration of more than 300 cases against demonstrators.

As the prospect of CAA implementation looms closer, it reignites debates and stirs emotions, setting the stage for a potentially contentious period ahead of the elections.

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