Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday targeted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) saying, the issue is not how the Act would be used but how it would be misused.
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister today led a huge protest march to Save Constitution and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (ACC) from Rang Mahal square in TT Nagar to Minto Hall in the State capital.
Kamal Nath was first among several chief minister who had come out openly in defiance and had announced that the CAA and NRC would not be implemented in Madhya Pradesh.
The CAA is is specifically aimed at granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains, barring Muslims, who have ilelgally migrated to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh due to religious persecution. Those who have come to India till end December 2014 will benefit from the Act.
Congress and other Opposition parties are opposing CAA saying that its discriminatory and against the letter and spirit of the Indian Constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has driven home the point that the Muslims in India have no reason to worry and their interests like those of any other citizen are fully protected. Regarding NRC also, he has said that the Union cabinet has not even taken up for consideration. He has accused the Congress and and its allies of spreading lies, falsehood and confusion. According to the PM, these parties have given their silent approval to violent protests across the country.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a frontal attack on the Congress party and its allies saying they have spread lies and given silent approval to acts of violence, arson and destruction of public property by those protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in different parts of the country.
The Prime Minister was addressing a huge ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in the Union Capital. After the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, some political parties are spreading rumors, the Prime Minister said adding some people are saying that the Citizenship Amendment Act is against the poor. Falsehood is being propagated that the refugees will take away the rights of the poor. They should, at least pity the poor before spreading such lies, Modi observed.
Modi said that the Congress and its allies and the educated Naxalites living in cities (Urban Naxals) are spreading rumors that all Muslims will be sent to detention camps due to CAA and NRC.
Modi asked where were the parties that are now making so much noise in 2004 when the government of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir decided that the the daughters of Jammu and Kashmir will lose their citizenship if they were to marry a resident outside the State. Wasn’t that discrimination as far as the spirit of the Constitution of India was concerned, he went on to underscore.
These are the same people who did not have any problem with the permanent resident law on gender basis in the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, but when we are opening the doors for the persecuted religious minorities in the neighbouring countries, they are unable to digest it, Modi observed
They’re agitating for the sake of vote bank politics, spreading violence and false rumors, the PM said.
Mahatma Gandhi had said that Hindus and the Sikh brothers living in Pakistan should be welcomed when they come to India, the Prime Minister said adding now the entire Left front, that has its presence left only in some small pockets in the country, is opposing the CAA and NRC. Senior CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat himself had asked for support for people coming from Bangladesh who were being persecuted on religious grounds.
Modi further said that the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot also had supported citizenship for these refugees during his earlier stint as Chief Minister. He had even asked the Central government to provide better facilities to the Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan.
Taking a dig at those targeting him on the issue of CAA, the Prime Minister said “I challenge those who are spreading lies to investigate all my work and if they see even an iota of discrimination, they are free to inform the public .
When I see the brick and stone in the hands of those opposing CAA, I feel sorry. But when I see the tricolor in the hands of some of them, it reassures me. I’m certain that people who hold the tri-color will raise their voices against the violent protesters and call to bring peace. I want to call upon the people who hold the tri-color to raise their voice against Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism.
The PM said: “Mamta didi has landed at the UN from Kolkata. Until a few years ago, she used to stand in Parliament pleading that infiltrators from Bangladesh be stopped, and seeking help for the refugees who came from there. She used to throw papers in front of the Speaker in Parliament. I want to ask Mamata didi, what has now changed? Why she was spreading false rumors?”
The PM was visibly agitated when he talked about the Police personnel and said they are becoming victims of violence while on duty. They are being killed. After independence, more than 33000 policemen have been martyred for the cause of peace and while providing security to the citizens.
He asked the people not to burn the country’s assets, the poor man’s auto rickshaw, and his hut.
Taking a dig at the main opposition party, the PM said that Congress and its supporters are disturbed and are unable to fathom why PM Modi is respected in the world and especially, in Muslim countries. Afghanistan or Palestine, Saudi Arabia or UAE, Maldives or Bahrain have given India the highest honour, he specifically pointed out.
Referring to the decision to regularise the unauthorised colonies in Delhi, the PM said while he was giving rights to 40 lakh people of Delhi those opposed to him are spreading the lie that he was going to take away their rights.
New Delhi: While there was a major incident of violence and arson and a huge mass of people rallied in the Union Capital with the tricolour and raised the “Save Constitution’ slogan to lodge their protest against the citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), many other parts of the country were rocked by violent clashes on Friday.
In Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Bulandshahr and Sambhal districts were affected the most. There are reports that 6 persons have been killed in clashes across UP.
In Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, prohibitory orders were imposed and internet services were stopped for several hours on Friday. Curfew was also imposed in Gohalpur and Hanumantal police station areas of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
BJP Government is brutally suppressing anti CAA protests. – Congress President Sonia Gandhi
This government has no right to shut down colleges, telephones & the Internet, to halt metro trains and to impose #Section144 to suppress India’s voice & prevent peaceful protests. – Rahul Gandhi, Senior Congress leader
During protests on Thursday, there were three deaths – two in Mangaluru and one in Lucknow.
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has made it clear that the National Register for Citizens will not be implemented in his state. Along wioth JD(U), another BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party’s president Chirag Paswan has also fired a salvo at the Centre by stating that the central government has “failed” to remove the confusion among the people regarding the Citizens’ law and NRC.
A number of Chief ministers, including chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath, Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan have said that the CAA is “unconstitutional” and would not be implemented in their respective states.
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has dubbed CAB & NRC as weapons of mass polarisation unleashed by fascists on India.
In a latest tweet, the Congress leader has said: “The CAB & NRC are weapons of mass polarisation unleashed by fascists on India. The best defence against these dirty weapons is peaceful, non violent Satyagraha. I stand in solidarity with all those protesting peacefully against the CAB & NRC.”
CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) has now become an Act following the President’s assent. NRC is the National Register of Citizens.