The amended law talks of granting Indian citizenship to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who have been persecuted in their country on the basis of religion.

The BJP, which is in power at the Center, recently passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in both houses of Parliament. After the signing of President Ram Nath Kovind, the bill has become law. The amended law talks of granting Indian citizenship to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who have been persecuted in their country on the basis of religion. The law mentions six communities i.e. Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian. This law says to give Indian citizenship to these six minority communities who have come to India by 31 December 2014. However, there is resentment among a section in India regarding the amended law. Opposition parties have also targeted the government citing some loopholes in the law.

BJP executive chairman JP Nadda wrote a letter to MPs of all parties in this regard, demanding his participation in the BJP’s campaign on the ‘historic’ decision of the PM Modi-led government. But there was a big mistake by mistake in the letter sent to the MPs. According to the news published in a column in the Delhi Confidential in the Indian Express, the letter also mentioned giving citizenship to the Jewish community.

“Lakhs of persecuted minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Jews and Christians) in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be eligible to become citizens of India through the amended citizenship law,” the letter reads. The letter mistakenly referred to the Jewish community replacing the Parsi community. Sources said it was an unintentional mistake.

It is noteworthy that the winter session of Parliament has now ended and the party’s focus is on organizational elections. After the completion of the organizational election process and the election of state presidents in several states, the new BJP president is expected to take charge in February next year.

Right now Amit Shah is handling both the Home Minister and the Party President while JP Nadda is the Executive Chairman of the BJP. A senior party leader said that in many states, the election of new state presidents of the party will start from January 15, when ‘Uttarayan’ is beginning and it is considered sacred in Hindu way.

He told that in Bihar, Rajasthan and Karnataka the party’s state presidents are unlikely to be replaced as they have been appointed recently. He indicated that the election of new state presidents would be unanimous, as is the trend in the party. The meeting of the BJP’s National Council is expected in the second half of February.

At that time either the national president will be elected or he will be approved if the party is nominated by the parliamentary board. According to the BJP constitution, the process of election of the national president can be started after the completion of the election of 50 percent of the states.

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