New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has trashed reports about a meeting between Shaheen Bagh protesters and Union Home Minister Amit Shah scheduled for Sunday. “No such meeting is scheduled with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah for tomorrow,” news agency ANI quoted official sources as saying. Also Read - 'Will Meet Amit Shah,' Say Shaheen Bagh Protesters After Home Minister Says Ready to Clear Their Doubts
This comes hours after a section of protesters told media persons that they would be meeting the Home Minister at his residence on February 16 to discuss the contentious citizenship act and NRC while admitting that they have not sought any appointment with Shah. Also Read - Roads at Shaheen Bagh, Chand Bagh Blocked by Protesters: Home Ministry
“Amit Shah ji invited the entire country to come and meet him to discuss issues related to Citizenship Amendment Act. So, we’ll be going to meet him tomorrow at 2 pm. We don’t have any delegation, anyone who has an issue with CAA will be going”, said protesters at Shaheen Bagh. Also Read - Protestors at Shaheen Bagh Can't Block Public Road, Create Inconvenience For Others: Supreme Court
Notably, they (protesters) were referring Shah’s recent interview to an English news channel, wherein he had said that he was open to discussing the CAA with anyone, including the protesters themselves.
“Appointment will be given within three days of the same being sought,” the former BJP chief had said at the summit, which took place just two days after votes for the Delhi Assembly polls were counted.
Notably, a large number of people especially women are sitting on a street in Shaheen Bagh protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, (2019) since mid December.
It has become the longest continuous protest against the amended legislation, which grants citizenship to six religions– Hindu, Parsi, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh refugees who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.