Kohli abstained from commenting on CAA due to lack of knowledge

Cricketer and former Indian captain Virat Kohli has abstained from making any comments on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He said that he wont speak on topics he does not have full knowledge on.

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Published on: 4 Jan 2020 10:38 AM GMT
Kohli has abstained from commenting on CAA due to limited knowledge
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Guwahati: Cricketer and former Indian captain Virat Kohli has abstained from making any comments on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He said that he wont speak on topics he does not have full knowledge on.

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The CAA will grant Indian nationality to people belonging to minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12, even if they don't possess any proper document.

In 2016, Kohli had termed demonetisation as the "greatest move in history of Indian politics", which met with sharp criticism from a lot of quarters, with people questioning his knowledge on the subject.

With Guwahati witnessing massive protests against the CAA till some days back, Kohli was asked about it and the Indian skipper weighed his words carefully.

"On the issue, I do not want to be irresponsible and speak on something that has, you know, radical opinions both sides. I need to have total information, total knowledge of what it means and what is going on and then be responsible to give my opinion on it," Kohli said ahead of India's first T20 International against Sri Lanka.

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"Because you can say one thing and then someone can say another thing. So, I would not like to get involved in something that I don't have total knowledge of and it's not going to be responsible on my part to comment on it."

However Kohli on his part was happy with the security arrangements and felt that the city is "absolutely safe".

"The city is absolutely safe. We didn't see any problems on the roads," Kohli said, giving his thumbs-up for the match at the Barsapara Stadium.

The Assam Cricket Association is using this match as a "curtain-raiser" ahead of their maiden IPL match this season as Rajasthan Royals have adopted this venue.

There has been arrangement of Rapid Action Force for the teams. He also said that the ACA secretary Devajit Saikia has said the spectators will not even be allowed to bring along handkerchiefs and towels on the match-day as the traditional Assamese scarf was used for protests against CAA.

The cricketer made it clear that he will not like to get indulged in a controversy by commenting on a subject that he is not well aware of.

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