On Friday when acclaimed Pakistani-origin singer Adnan Sami received the Indian citizenship from the ruling Bharatyi Janata Party, a sniff of dissent rose among major political parties pertaining to this decision.
The Shiv Sena, BJP’s oldest political ally, claimed that albeit there was no personal objection against the singer, the sense of discomfort arose because the BJP had opposed this decision to grant citizenship to Adnan Sami when they were not in power.
Speaking to reporters, Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande said, “When the BJP was not in the Centre, they had opposed the granting of citizenship to Adnan Sami. Today with the NDA, BJP government in power, they have themselves granted him citizenship, so, in some ways, it looks suspicious.”
Rejecting the BJP’s action as an advocacy against intolerance, the Congress party said that it was hypocritical of the party to oppose and then accept Adnan Sami as an Indian citizen.
Priyanka Chaturvedi, Spokesperson of All India Congress Committee, said that this action taken by the govt did not prove that intolerance was absent in the country. The vehement criticism that came Aamir’s way when he made his comment proved the point that there was intolerance.
Adnan Sami was officially accepted as an Indian citizen on Friday where the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, Kiren Rijiju, personally conferred him the honour.