In response to an RTI filed by an Indian citizen seeking the certificate of citizenship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PMO office has replied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has no citizenship certificate because he is an Indian citizen by birth.
His question in the RTI application, according to journalist Seemi Pasha, read, “Please show the Citizenship Certificate of our Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi.”
The reply by one Praveen Kumar in the Prime Minister’s Office, read, “Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is a citizen of India by birth in terms of Section 3 of The Citizenship Act, 1955 and as such the question of his having a citizenship certificate which is for citizenship by registration does not arise.”
citizens of India are worried about the issue of citizenship, even the PMO fails to show the citizenship certificate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The issue of citizenship has become contentious after the Modi government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year. The CAA provides automatic citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants living in India. Analysts say that the law will be used by the Narendra Modi government to declare millions of Muslims stateless when the National Register of Citizens is prepared and Muslims will be asked to prove their Indian citizenship.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2019 was introduced in the winter session of Parliament. Within days, it was passed by both houses, amid opposition from several parties. The days that followed saw widespread protests against the act, the police brutally clamping down on the protesters, and a greater mobilisation against the law that has still not relented. It has been over two months since the CAA was passed.