NEW DELHI: Mayawati’s decision to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament has political significance in Uttar Pradesh, as an outreach to Muslims, especially after her Bahujan Samaj Party was seen as having let down the minority community on issues of triple talaq legislation and abrogation of Article 370. BSP fielded its MP Afzal Ansari to speak on and oppose the bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, and he reiterated Mayawati’s stand that the bill was anti-constitutional. “Not accepting a person in India just because he is Muslim is dividing people in the name of religion,” he said. “We voted against the CAB,” Ansari told ET. “Our stand on various bills is based on the issue. So while we abstained from voting on the triple talaq bill, we had voted in favour of abrogating Article 370 but voted against CAB,” he said. This follows her move last month to appoint Muslim leaders to senior posts in the party – Danish Ali again as the party’s leader in the LS and Munquad Ali as the party’s state president. The desertion of Muslim voters is seen as a key reason for the party’s disastrous performance in the recent bypolls, in which… Read full this story
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