A proposal criticizing the CAA and India over human rights has fallen in the Chicago city council, one of the most powerful city councils after New York in the US. Members of the Chicago city council have overwhelmingly voted against the proposal. It is alleged that at the behest of the Anti-India lobby and Islamic organizations, a member of the Council introduced this resolution against India. The resolution criticized India’s Revised Citizenship Law (CAA) and the issue of human rights.
Council of Islamic Relations is behind the proposal
Chicago’s leading Indian American doctor Bharat Barai has supported the council’s decision. He said that the Council on American-Islamic Relations is behind this proposal and its role should be investigated. The proposal was sponsored by Council Member Maria Haddon. He said the proposal was based on information from South Asian allies.
Proposal dropped by 26 votes against 16
Chicago mayor (mayor) Lori Lightfoot said on Wednesday that many council members were uncomfortable voting (in support of the proposal) because we don’t know exactly what is happening on the ground in India. After which the proposal criticizing India was rejected by 26 votes against 18.
The mayor said – this is the work of the Biden administration, not ours
Lightfoot said that it is the job of the federal Biden administration to comment on such issues or decide not the local city government. In response to a question, the Mayor said that the reason for the reluctance you saw in the city council regarding the proposal was that many members believe that there is not enough information on the matter. He said that Chicago has its own problems.
Members called the proposal divisive, protested
The Mayor of Chicago said that I would like to say that the Biden administration cannot go further by sitting on the post of Mayor of Chicago. Councilmember Raymond A. Lopez called the proposal divisive and said that I cannot support it, it is very divisive. Thousands of people contacted my office and vehemently opposed the proposal. The Consulate General of India also contacted me. It tells how much influence it has on the wider community and the wider discussion. I told my colleague not to vote in favor of it.
The Indian Consulate had contacted the members
It is believed that the Indian consulate in Chicago had contacted the city’s mayor and all 50 members of the Chicago city council before the proposal was introduced. Member George A. Cardness questioned that if India could have a church in the City Council of Chicago, why not the Uygars in China. He said why cannot Israel-Palestine be discussed? How about Boko Haram’s harassment of women in Nigeria? If we go to this type of issue, there are many global issues. There are many important issues in our house that need our attention. We are a united community.