New Delhi: At a time when protests have broken out in different parts of the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has slammed the BJP and expresses solidarity with students and citizens.

In a video message posted on the Twitter handle of Congress, Gandhi said, “In a democracy, people have the right to raise their voice against wrong decisions and policies of the government and register their concerns. The BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] government has shown utter disregard for people’s voices and chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent.”

”Congress condemns actions of BJP govt, expresses its solidarity with students and citizens in their just struggle”, she added.

She further called the Citizenship Amendment Act discriminatory and said that the proposed nationwide NRC will particularly hurt poor, vulnerable.

The statement by the Congress leader comes hours after a massive protest against the contentious Citizenship Act took a violent turn when police resorted to batons and water cannons to disperse the crowd in Delhi’s Daryaganj.

The Congress, which has not been directly involved in the protests so far with only a few leaders participating, has now come at the forefront of the agitation with it party chief expressing her support to the nation-wide agitations.

On Tuesday, Sonia had met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to withdraw the contentious Citizenship Bill, given the countrywide protests against the CAA.