New Delhi: Concerted efforts by the government to gather support for Citizenship Amendment Act continued on Sunday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah addressed rallies in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
Notably, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal are among the states which have refused to implement the new citizenship law.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties are going to meet today to discuss the current political situation in the backdrop of the protests against the citizenship law and come up with a strategy.
Here are the top developments of the day vis-a-vis CAA:
Opposition meet today
A host of leaders from Opposition parties will attend a meeting today called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to formalise a joint plan against the citizenship law.
The meeting, however, will not be attended by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati, as per sources.
‘Act won’t snatch anyone’s rights’, said PM Modi
Addressing a gathering on the occasion of National Youth Day at Belur Math in West Bengal’s Howrah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lambasted Opposition parties for ‘spreading misinformation about the Citizenship Amendment Act’ (CAA) which led to massive protests across the country.
The PM reiterated that the amended act won’t snatch anyone’s rights, instead it will grant ‘Indian citizenship’ to those who faced ‘religious persecution’ in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till 2014.
‘Whoever raises anti-India slogans will be jailed’, warned Amit Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday addressed a mega gathering at Garrison Ground in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur and accused the opposition of spreading fake news and misinformation. Shah stressed that India is in favour of CAA and that the Congress should understand the mood of the nation.
The Home Minister added that like every other Indian, the refugees from Pakistan also have equal rights in India. ”India belongs as much as to you and me as it does to persecuted Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian minorities from Pakistan”, Shah said.
Talking of the ongoing JNU controversy, Shah said that whoever raises anti-India slogans deserves to be jailed.
‘Dissent is precious’, remarked Shashi Tharoor
Meanwhile, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday joined hundreds of protesters who are agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Millia Islamia and JNU. Calling his visit ‘overdue’, Tharoor said that the Congress stands with the students and that they were the ‘true inspiration’.
He objected to the manner in which the students had been dealt with, and said that dissent was very precious in the country, especially on university campuses.
“Dissent is very precious in our country. Jamia and JNU have been sites for very shameful misbehaviour. In Jamia, the police themselves burst into the hostels and libraries and injured some students,” Tharoor said.
With this, Tharoor has become the first prominent Congress leader to have visited the agitating campuses in the national capital.