New Delhi:Braving cool weather, hundreds of oldsters gathered outside the iconic Jama Masjid in Former Delhi after the Friday prayers and protested peacefully against the amended citizenship law, a week after violent protests rocked the neighbourhood on the sphere.
Quite loads of hundreds kilometres away, Mumbai witnessed rallies for and against the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) and the Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC).
Amid heavy police deployment, the protesters in Delhi raised slogans against the law and in make stronger of the Constitution. Besides they shouted: “Don’t divide Indians” and “We demand equality”.
Congress chief Alka Lamba and pale Delhi MLA Shoaib Iqbal joined the utter, which continued for nearly two hours after the Friday prayers at the mosque.
Lamba hit out at the BJP government, announcing “unemployment is the precise field in the county, but you too can very wisely be attempting to catch folks stand in a queue for NRC as turned into executed throughout demonetisation”.
“It is a long way terribly obligatory to catch the bellow of democracy for the country and for the Constitution. A central government cannot change into dictatorial and impose its agenda on folks,” she talked about.
Dilapidated MLA Iqbal talked about he condemns violence throughout ant-citizenship law protests.
“Of us that save violence carry out no longer belong to us. There is a motion and this will inch on. If somebody disturbs our peace, then he would now not belong to us and he desires to distract our motion. We’d no longer tolerate violence. We condemn the violence which took place final Friday,” Iqbal talked about.
Heaps of oldsters that joined the utter talked about the contentious law desires to be withdrawn.
“We characteristic out no longer want this Act and the government desires to resolve it aid. Of us in the country is no longer going to quit from raising their bellow by distinction law,” talked about Mohammad Ismile, 41.
“This country would now not want NRC and NPR. We want jobs and the government must toughen our financial system. We accept as true with now been protesting peacefully and the violence which took place on final Friday throughout the march turned into no longer acceptable. We characteristic out no longer make stronger violence,” Mohammad Shakib, 36, talked about.
Violence had damaged out in Daryaganj, advance the Jama Masjid, final Friday throughout a utter against the rules and folks pelted stones at police officers and torched a vehicle.
The field has improved gradually since.
Bhim Navy chief Chandra Shekhar Azad has been arrested in connection with final week’s violence. Police talked about he had given an “inflammatory speech” after the Friday prayers.
Mumbai turns out in numbers
Students and social activists held a utter against the CAA and the NRC at the Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, while a sizable various of oldsters gathered for a pro-CAA rally at the historical August Kranti Maidan, where a huge utter against the Citizenship Act turned into held final week.
At Azad Maidan, protesters gave slogans against the government. They carried banners decrying the Modi government over the pass.
“Right here’s an authoritarian regime. It thinks they’ll carry out the rest. It is a long way this government’s responsibility to provide protection to and no longer oppose the Constitution,” talked a few student.
One more protester talked about this turned into a “faceless government”, adding the Act is aimed “no longer against valid one community but against your total country.”
At August Kranti Maidan rally, organised by BJP’s Sanvidan Sanman Manch’, supporters of CAA were considered carrying national flags at the side of placards with pro-CAA and NRC messages and shouting slogans.
They were also carrying photos of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Big photos of VD Savarkar, Mahatama Jyotiba Fule, Bharatmata and Shahu Maharaj were displayed on stage.
The ‘Sanvidan Sanman Manch’ is organising such rallies in numerous parts of the metropolis. One such rally in make stronger of CAA and NRC turned into organised at Dadar final week.
The organisers had planned a make stronger march between the August Kranti Maidan to Lokmanya Tilak statue at Girgaum Chowpatty but Mumbai police denied them permission for the march citing law and say problems.
On December 19, August Kranti Maidan, where Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 told the British to quit India, witnessed an huge gathering of voters against the CAA. These instruct then incorporated workers of non-BJP parties, college students and quite a bit Bollywood personalities.
Addressing the rally, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative AssemblyDevendra Fadnavis talked about the sizable presenceat the rally indicates “huge make stronger” to the Act.
“The opposition parties are spreading rumours and misinformation (about CAA, NRC),” Fadnavis talked about.
The BJP is setting up awareness among those that the the Act intends to aid the minorities from neighbouring international locations who accept as true with confronted non secular persecution, he talked about.
Talking to journalists before taking part in a rally organised by his occasion in make stronger of the Act, Fadnavis accused the opposition of misleading Indian Muslims.
“Pakistan didn’t fulfill the (implicit) assurance throughout Partition that minorities will be real (in both the international locations). Due to this fact India has to glance after them because they’re our folks,” talked about the pale chief minister.
“The opposition is deliberately attempting to avoid wasting misunderstanding among Indian Muslims regarding the Act. For vote bank politics, opposition is attempting to avoid wasting unrest,” he alleged.
The leaders who’re announcing that the Act is doubtlessly no longer implemented in their states carry out no longer admire the Constitution, he added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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