Senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "misleading" people over the amended citizenship law and equating it "falsely" with the NRC which, the Union minister pointed out, has not even been formulated as yet.
In a statement issued by the BJP, she appealed to protestors to read the law and seek clarification if they needed one, and urged them to stay away from the forces which are "misleading" them and using "violence and spreading fear" among citizens of the country.
"I appeal to all Indian citizens not to get into this confusion or sense of fear. The Congress and parties like the TMC, AAP and the Left are spreading fears by linking the Citizenship Amendment Act with the NRC, which is not yet formulated," Sitharaman said.
"I appeal to every Indian not to get influenced by what the frustrated Congress, TMC, AAP and Left are doing," she added.
The Citizenship Amendment Act does not deny citizenship to any any Indian, she said, asserting that the law has nothing to do actually with any Indian citizen.
"It is unfortunate that Congress party's interim president Sonia Gandhi is misleading the people of the country over CAA and equating it falsely with NRC which is not even formulated yet," she said.
The Citizenship Act will give citizenship to people who fled persecution, she said, adding they had been waiting for it for 70 years.
"It has nothing to do with existing citizens of this country," she said, asserting that when NRC process will start, it will not start without consulting the stakeholders or talking to people.