PM's statement on NRC should be last word: Piyush Goyal
"I think a lot of wrong propaganda is being carried out. Our young children are being misled.Fake news that is being sought to propagated, that anyone can lose their citizenship. Nobody's citizenship is being affected." - Piyush Goyal
Union Minister for Railways and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on National Register of Citizens (NRC) should be considered last word.
Responding to a question during a press conference here, he said, "I think once the Prime Minister of the country says something, that is the last word. The Prime Minister has categorically clarified. There is no question of NRC, no discussion in cabinet, no provision for that, no law for that.''
He accused Congress of misguiding people's anger and said, however, people had understood that the anger was baseless.
"The anger against the Citizenship Amendment Act was misguided and instigated by certain parties, in particular, Congress. Now people have seen through their plan People have now understood that the anger is baseless," he said.
The Union Minister said there was misunderstanding that Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) would take away citizenship of one particular community but it was not so.
"There is a misunderstanding that CAA will take away citizenship of one particular community. No one will lose their nationality. Only those who are persecuted on account of their religion and have sought refuge in India, those who came to India up to December 31, 2014, they have been assured citizenship by this amendment," he said.
Goyal said throughout the country students were being misled by fake news perlocated to create false propaganda.
"I think a lot of wrong propaganda is being carried out. Our young children are being misled.Fake news that is being sought to propagated, that anyone can lose their citizenship. Nobody's citizenship is being affected," he said.
The Union Minister said he National Population Register (NPR) had nothing to do with NRC and it would not take away anybody's citizenship
''The National Population Register has nothing to do with NRC, it will not take away anybody's citizenship, it does not take into account any citizenship criteria. It is simply a self declaration. No documents will be asked from anybody,'' he said.