Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (Photo Credit: ANI)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday joined hundreds of protestors who are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens outside the Jamia Millia Islamia. Throor was accompanied by Congress state president Subhash Chopra. Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier described the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as a “discriminatory and divisive” law whose “sinister” purpose was to divide people on religious lines, and asserted that the NPR in form and content was “disguised NRC”.
While addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the citizenship law, accusing them of making provocative statements.
The Congress demands that a comprehensive high-powered commission be constituted to enquire into the incidents connected with anti-CAA protests, she said. The Congress leader said thousands of young men and women, especially students, have realised the “grave harm” that implementation of the new citizenship law will cause.
They have taken to the streets braving the cold as well as police brutalities, Gandhi said, adding that it is clear the government is “digging in its heels” as the students’ protests gain momentum. “Not a day passes without the Home Minister and on some days the Prime Minister himself making provocative statements,” the Congress president said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said however much the Congress opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the government “will not rest” until all the refugees from minority communities from Pakistan are given Indian citizenship.
He once again challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to show him any provision in the new legislation that will snatch the citizenship of any citizen in the country.
“I am saying it loudly. You Congress leaders, listen carefully...Oppose it as much as you can, but we will rest only after giving citizenship to all these people. No one can stop us from doing so.
“Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian refugees from Pakistan have as much right over India as you and I have. They are the sons and daughters of India. The country will embrace them,” Shah said while addressing a public meeting here in support of the new citizenship law.