Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Photo Credit: ANI)
New Delhi :
Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh saying that 'people who want to divide country are using Indian flag.' “Shaheen Bagh is not an area anymore, it is an idea, where the Indian flag is being used as a cover for the people who want to divide the country, it is being supported by tukde-tukde gang,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. Prasad also said that Shaheen Bagh is emerging as a textbook case of a few hundred people seeking to suppress the peaceful majority.
“Shaheen Bagh is emerging as a textbook case of a few hundred people seeking to suppress the peaceful majority. This is the true face of Shaheen Bagh and uncovering it in front of the country is very important. Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal are both silent on this issue,” the BJP leader said.
Taking a dig at the Opposition parties for opposing CAA, the BJP leader said that they are talking about Jinnah to divide the nation. “I've heard that Jinnah has also made an entry into Indian politics these days. Mani Shankar Aiyar puts all his opinions out in Pakistan. His friends keep dividing the nation and talk about Jinnah,” he said.
He emphasised that former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal are silent but their party members are openly talking about CAA. “Manish Sisodia says that he is with Shaheen Bagh…Digvijay Singh and Mani Shankar Aiyar of Congress know what they have said by going there,” Prasad said.
He also raised the issue of traffic jams because of the ongoing protest at Shaheen Bagh. "Lakhs of people are distressed because they can not go to office, shops are shut and their children are not able to go to school due to roadblock by Shaheen Bagh protesters," he said.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that voting for the BJP in Delhi polls will prevent "thousands of incidents like Shaheen Bagh".
Shah attacked the opposition leaders including AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on various issues and asserted that only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can ensure safety and security of the country.
A large number of women have been holding a sit-in against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Shaheen Bagh in south east Delhi since mid-December. The protest, supported by people from different fields including politicians, Bollywood actors and academicians, has emerged as a symbol of anti-CAA agitation in the country.