Kolkata: Amid the ongoing protests against the controversial amendment act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is because of the CAA that the real face of Pakistan could be brought out.
"Had we not brought the amendment act, the world would not have known how minorities in Pakistan are getting tortured," said the PM in Kolkata. He further stated, "CAA has exposed Pakistan. It is the result of our initiative that Pak will now have to answer why they have been persecuting minorities for the last 70 years and demolishing the human rights."
The Prime Minister chose National Youth Day to defend CAA. He spoke about the newly amended act at the Belur headquarters of the Ramakrishna mission, associated with Swami Vivekanand.
The PM, addressing a gathering, stated, "CAA is not about taking citizenship away from anyone, it is about giving citizenship to those in need."
Stating that Swami Vivekananad is an inspiration for the youth of the country, the PM further said that India's youth is being 'misguided' and they should be told the truth that what government has done had to be done years ago.
"We should tell them the truth. The government has done what Mahatma Gandhi had said decades ago. Should we send these refugees back to die? Is it not India's responsibility to to make people feel safe? Why shouldn't we make them our citizen? Shouldn't we give them equal rights as a citizen of India? I am only doing what Mahatma Gandhi wanted us to do," said PM Modi.
PM Narendra Modi also targeted Trinamool government of not implementing Centre's scheme because its cadre would not be able to make 'cut money' out of them.
PM Modi was on a two day visit to West Bengal. He also held a meeting with the WB chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday last. Kolkata Paort was also renamed after Syama Prasad Mookerjee by the PM.