BJP Ally Akali Dal Asks For Muslims to be Included in Citizenship Act

The party has, however, supported the Act and condemned violence in protests against it.

New Delhi: Close in the heels of the Asom Gana Parishad mulling the withdrawal of support to the BJP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and announcing that it will petition the Supreme Court against it, the ruling party’s Punjab ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has demanded that Muslims be included as its beneficiaries.

India Today has reported that the party has welcomed the Act but is of the opinion that its ambit be extended to include Muslims too.

“Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who were subject to persecution and atrocities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and were forced to migrate to India decades back were not able to get any facilities due to the lack of the citizenship. The Union government by passing this bill has given a new lease of life to these people but the second aspect is that Muslims have not been included,” SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema was quoted as having said.

However, in condemning anti-CAA protesters, the party has made its overall stand on the Act clear.

Protests against the CAA have gripped the country, with many campuses and the entire northeast aflame over several parts of the Act.