Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday invoked Jawaharlal Nehru to mount a vigorous defence of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), as he ripped into the Opposition for taking the country on the path of anarchy by instigating protests against the law.

Modi also hit out at the Opposition for misleading the people over “routine administrative exercise” such as updating the National Population Register (NPR) to pursue vote bank politics and dismissed the revision of the questionaire as “minor changes” to keep in step with changing times.

Replying to debates in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, Modi quoted Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and resolutions of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that favoured grant of Indian citizenship for religious minorities from Pakistan.

Quoting Nehru, Modi said the country’s first prime minister had categorically stated that India will have to differentiate between Hindu refugees and immigrants, and that the country has the responsibility of supporting Hindu refugees.