New Delhi: Keeping aside denial of permission by the Delhi Police, protesters including the elderly women agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have begun a march from Shaheen Bagh to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence over the contentious legislation. Notably, the protesters have not received permission for the march from the Delhi Police.Also Read - 'Won't Allow Shaheen Bagh Protesters to Meet Home Minister Amit Shah in Group,' Says Delhi Police
Police said they had asked the protesters to give the details of the delegation for its meeting with the Union home minister. Responding to the police, the agitators in a letter asserted that 4,000 to 5,000 people would be marching towards Shah’s residence. Also Read - No Meeting Scheduled Between Amit Shah And Shaheen Bagh Protestors: MHA Sources
“We have asked protesters at Shaheen Bagh that who all are in the delegation which wants to meet HM Amit Shah today so that we can plan a meeting but they said that they all want to go. We have denied that but we will see what we can do”, the Delhi police had said earlier in the day.
Earlier, MHA sources, too, had denied that a meeting was scheduled between the Home Minister and the protesters.
The Home Minister’s office also said that if the protesters were joined by the distinguished people, then the government will not shy away from meeting the protesters. But whatever will happen will be decided only after seeing the nature of the exhibitors. But the government has said that no one will be averse to meeting and talking to anyone.
Speaking at a conclave organised by an English news channel on Thursday, two days after counting of votes for the 2020 Delhi Assembly Election took place, Shah had said that he was ready to meet the protesters, adding that an appointment would be given within three days of the same being sought.