India strongly comes out in defence of its recently passed resolution of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in response to the recent developments in the European Parliament.
The European Union Parliament is set to formally present an anti-CAA resolution after EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borell’s official address on the matter on Wednesday. Of the 751 members of the European Parliament, 626 MEPs have introduced proposals that might put a strain on India-EU relations.
India has asked the involved members and supporters of the resolution to reassess their stance against its new citizenship bill. The Centre has invited the EU sponsors to engage with India through dialogues to understand the facts, ground realities and necessity for such a Bill.
The European Union members have raised their concern on India’s CAA, citing its discriminatory appeal and questioning its legitimacy. The resolution also states that the citizenship bill will create “the largest crisis of statelessness in the world” and demands to roll back the law from being enforced.
The anti-CAA draft will be debated and discussed in the EU Parliament on Wednesday and put to vote on Thursday. The CAA was passed in India last December by both the Houses of India Parliament.
India has maintained its approach that CAA is an internal matter that has been approved by the people’s representatives in Parliament. India has urged all sides to rethink about their resolution by respecting and taking into account its “democratically elected legislature”.