Lucknow: Taking a direct jab at the ruling central government, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati questioned the BJP why it could not give citizenship to persecuted Muslims under the CAA if it has granted Pakistani- origin singer Adnan Sami Indian citizenship.
Mayawati asked the Government if it could confer the prestigious Padma Shri award and grant citizenship to Adnan Sami then why is not the government not including other Muslims under the same legislation, News18 reported.
Ms Mayawati’s comments came amidst the ongoing controversy of presenting an award to Adnan Sami whose father a decorated fighter pilot of the Pakistani Army fought against India during the 1965 war.
“When the BJP government can grant citizenship and confer Adnan Sami with the Padma Shri, why can’t it give citizenship to persecuted Muslims like they are offering it to people from the Hindu, Sikh and Christian communities under the CAA?” Mayawati tweeted on Tuesday, adding, “It will be better if the Centre rethinks the issue.”
“The cases wrongly lodged against women protesting against the CAA and the NRC must be taken back. The government must compensate those who have lost their lives in the protest. This is the demand of the BSP,” she had said.