New Delhi: At a time when there are growing protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and National Register of Citizens, the Congress along with other 19 other Opposition parties on Monday held a meeting over the issues to corner the Central government.

During the meeting, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi slammed the Central government for spreading hatred and trying to divide the people along sectarian lines. She said that the country is witnessing unprecedented turmoil and the Constitution of the country is being undermined.

“The Central government has let loose reign of oppression, spreading hatred and trying to divide our people along the sectarian lines. There’s unprecedented turmoil. The Constitution is being undermined and instruments of the governance are being misused,” Sonia said during the meeting.

She said nation-wide protests are being organised by the youth supported by citizens and the response of the police in UP and Delhi has been shockingly partisan and brutal.

“There’ve been nation-wide protests by youth supported by citizens. Immediate cause is CAA and NRC but they reflect widespread frustration and pent up anger, which is now out in the open. The response of the police in UP and Delhi has been shockingly partisan and brutal,” she added.

The Congress president further added that Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have misled the people of the country so far as CAA and NRC are concerned.

“The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have misled the people. They’ve contradicted their own statements of only weeks ago, and continue with their provocative statements while remaining insensitive to the state suppression and violence that is increasingly becoming commonplace,”she further stated.

She also stated that the country the country watched the BJP-orchestrated assaults on JNU students in horror.

“The nation watched in horror at BJP-orchestrated assault on JNU coming so soon after what happened in Jamia, BHU, Allahabad University and the AMU and other institutions of higher learning. Modi-Shah government stands exposed for its inability to govern and provide security to people,” she further stated.

The Congress and other 19 opposition parties on Monday held a meeting to discuss the ongoing protests over the CAA and NRC. However, the meeting was not attended by the Trinamool Congress, AAP, Shiv Sena, BSP, SP, and DMK.

The meeting of the Opposition parties is being held just days before the Budget Session, which is expected to begin in the last week of January.