New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will on Sunday address a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Kolkata, his second on the issue since communal violence broke out across northeast Delhi earlier this week, in which 42 people were killed and more than 200 injured. Also Read - Amid Delhi Violence, Amit Shah Offers Prayers at Puri's Shree Jagannath Temple Along With 3 Union Ministers
The rally, in fact, will take place exactly a week after a clash broke out between pro- and anti-CAA protesters in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur. On Monday, however, the clash escalated into a full-blown communal riot and continued on Tuesday. The situation was brought under control on Wednesday and has been peaceful since then. Also Read - Opposition Lying on CAA, No One Will Lose Citizenship: Amit Shah's First Public Remark on Delhi Violence
Shah’s inability in stemming the violence has come in for sharp criticism with the opposition demanding that he put in his papers. Also Read - Delhi Violence: 'Political Discussions Later, Let's First Restore Peace,' Says Mamata Banerjee on Calls For Amit Shah's Resignation
Massive protests, however, are expected to take place across the city during Shah’s visit. Left parties, Muslim groups, student bodies and others have called for separate protest gatherings to demonstrate against the contentious CAA. The protests are expected to take place in Esplanade, which is in the heart of the city and close to the Shaheed Minar Ground, where the pro-CAA rally will take place.
Last month, massive protests took place during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city as well.
Besides Shah, BJP president JP Nadda, too, will attend the rally. During his visit, Shah will also inaugurate a new building of the elite National Security Guards (NSG) at Rajarhat.
On Friday, speaking in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, in his first pro-CAA rally since the Delhi violence, Shah had once again accused the opposition of misleading the people over the legislation and reiterated that the Act will not take away anyone’s citizenship.
He was in the city to chair the 24th meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council (EZC), which was also attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with her counterparts from the host state, Bihar and a representative of Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.
Mamata’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) was among the opposition parties blamed by the Home Minister for spreading ‘lies’ on CAA. However, speaking to reporters, she said, “Right now, the problem should be solved, political discussions can take place later.”