Report claims Jyotiraditya Scindia backs Citizenship Amendment Bill; he clarifies on Twitter

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Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today clarified on a report that claimed he had extended support to the Citizenship Amendment Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha earlier this week and is currently being debated in the Rajya Sabha.

A report in Dainik Bhaskar on Wednesday claimed that Scindia had backed the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019, legislation that his party has chosen to vehemently oppose in both Houses of Parliament. According to Dainik Bhaskar, Scindia said that the bill may be against the Constitution but it conforms to India’s culture of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Whole earth is a family).

"Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - this is the speciality of India in the whole world. And the bill (Citizenship Amendment Bill) which is being brought today – I believe India’s ideology and culture are to take everybody along. What is in the ordinance that it has happened in the past on the basis of country and state – but never happened on the basis of religion. I think this (Citizenship Bill) may be against the constitution but it conforms to India’s culture," Scindia was quoted as saying in MP’s Indore by Dainik Bhaskar.

However, in his tweet, Scindia said that the CAB was not only contrary to the basic structure of the Constitution but also against the culture of India. " CAB 2019 is against the basic tenets of the Constitution and also against Indian culture. While framing the Constitution, Ambedkar did not view anyone through the lens of religion or caste. India has a history of embracing everyone – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is our speciality. Something of this nature has never happened on the basis of religion," Scindia said in his tweet in Hindi.

Scindia’s remark was reported at a time when Congress is opposing the bill tooth and nail in Rajya Sabha. The grand old party voted against the bill in Lok Sabha, calling it unconstitutional and discriminatory. Earlier in August, the Congress leader had backed the central government after it scrapped special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. The Congress had opposed the move and questioned the government on the way the Centre had handled the situation. But Scindia backed the Centre, leaving his party red-faced.

Reports suggest that there are some differences between Scindia and Congress over the leadership in Madhya Pradesh. Scindia was the key contender for the top post in the state but Kamal Nath was chosen for the job by Rahul Gandhi.