The Congress posted several tweets on its official Twitter handle, alleging that the government was subverting the Constitution. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
A day after the Congress sent a copy of the Constitution to Prime Minister Narendra Modi via retail giant Amazon, the Grand Old Party on Monday tweeted return receipt of the order claiming that the Prime Minister had refused to take the copy. “Dear people of India, We tried, but Modi ji is just not interested in the Constitution. Ab kare toh kare kya? (What should we do now),” the Congress aid in a tweet while posting the screenshot of the return receipt. “You package is being returned to seller because it was refused at the delivery address or the order was cancelled,” the return receipt said.
On Sunday, on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day, the Congress had sent a copy of the Constitution to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took a dig at him saying, "when you get time off from dividing the country, please do read it". The opposition party posted several tweets on its official Twitter handle, alleging that the government was subverting the Constitution.
The Congress also tweeted the videos of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reading the Preamble from a protest assembly at Rajghat recently.
Dear people of India,— Congress (@INCIndia) January 27, 2020
We tried, but Modi ji is just not interested in the Constitution.
Ab kare toh kare kya? pic.twitter.com/eRX6g0n0iA
"Dear PM, The Constitution is reaching you soon. When you get time off from dividing the country, please do read it. Regards, Congress," the party tweeted along with the snapshot of an amazon receipt which stated that the copy of the Constitution was being dispatched to the Central Secretariat.
In another tweet, the Congress said a lesson the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has failed to understand is that all persons no matter creed, caste or gender are guaranteed equality before the law under Article 14 of the Constitution.
"It is this article that is completely violated by the government's Citizenship Amendment Act," the party said.
"It is important to remember that it is enshrined in our Constitution that all persons are protected from discrimination of any form. Therefore, any attempt to draft laws based on discrimination are unconstitutional," it said.
Last week, the Supreme Court on Wednesday categorically said that it will not grant any stay on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without hearing the Centre and restrained all the High Courts from hearing pleas on the amended Citizenship Act till it decides on all the pleas. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, while hearing the pleas, said that it may refer these pleas to a larger Constitution bench.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the Supreme Court that the government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of the 143 petitions. He said it wanted time to respond to pleas which have not been served on it.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal urged the bench to put on hold operation of CAA and postpone the exercise of the National Population Register (NPR) for the time being. The court said it will not grant any stay on CAA without hearing the Centre on the matter.
The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014. President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on December 12, turning it into an Act.