New Delhi: At a time when 38 people have died in North East Delhi over communal violence with relation to the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA), Union Home Minister Amit Shah will on Friday address a rally in Bhubaneswar in support of the amended CAA. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Congress Delegation Meets President Kovind, Reiterates Party's Demand For Removal of HM Amit Shah
The Home Minister will address the rally soon after holding the review meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council (EZC) in Bhubaneswar which will be attended by four chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee. Also Read - After Sonia Gandhi, NCP’s Supriya Sule Demands Amit Shah’s Resignation Over Violence in Delhi
Talking in detail about Shah’s rally, Odisha BJP president Samir Mohanty said the event was part of BJP’s countrywide awareness programme on CAA which was undertaken in January following protests by the opposition against the amended law. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Sonia Gandhi Demands Resignation of Amit Shah, Calls Clashes 'Collective Failure' of Centre And Delhi Govt
Part of the awareness campaign, Union Ministers including Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo and Giriraj Singh and BJP MP Rupa Ganguli have already addressed public meetings in different places of Odisha including Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Jeypore.
Ahead of Amit Shah’s pro-CAA rally in Bhubaneswar, Samir Mohanty on Wednesday had flagged off a fleet of campaign vehicles which will be engaged in informing people about the rally.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar will be present in Shah’s Eastern Zonal Council (EZC). Notably, both the chief ministers have backed the CAA, but have made clear that they are against the NRC.
Recently, the Bihar Assembly passed a resolution stating that NRC is not needed in the state, making it the first NDA-ruled state to categorically say no to NRC and to seek the removal of controversial clauses from the census exercise.
Besides, the Odisha government has also sought removal of some contentious clauses from the NPR exercise.