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BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi targets Microsoft CEO over CAA remark

The statement, however, has not gone down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and party MP Meenakshi Lekhi trained guns at the corporate biggie on Tuesday.

Anab Mehdi

Anab MehdiBy Anab Mehdi

Published on 14 Jan 2020 9:51 AM GMT

BJPs Meenakshi Lekhi targets Microsoft CEO over CAA remark
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Lucknow: Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella on Monday voiced concern over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying what is happening is “sad” and he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant create the next unicorn in India.

The statement, however, has not gone down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and party MP Meenakshi Lekhi trained guns at the corporate biggie on Tuesday.

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Calling it a "perfect example" of "How literate need to be educated", Meenakshi Lekhi tweeted: "Precise reason for CAA to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. How about granting these opportunities to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in USA?"

This outburst came after on Monday, the Microsoft CEO spoke out against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and was quoted as saying: "I think what is happening is sad...It's just bad...I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or become the next CEO of Infosys."

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Though Microsoft promptly tried to make amends and issued a fresh statement by Satya Nadella, and said: "Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly. And in democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds."

"I'm shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the United States. My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to find a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefitting Indian society and the economy at large," the statement read. But the damage was done.

Meenakshi Lekhi's analogy of providing "opportunities" to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in the US was intended to highlight the victims have been the religious minority facing persecution, who are being given priority through the CAA.

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