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Protest As Much As You Can, CAA Won’t Be Taken Back: Amit Shah

The HM also challenged Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav for a public debate on CAA.



LUCKNOW (Uttar Pradesh): Home Minister Amit Shah dared the Opposition on Tuesday to prove that the  Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) stripped Indians of citizenship, as he spoke at a Lucknow event held to gather support for the historic law.

“Let it be very loud and clear to our opponents that the citizenship law won’t be rolled back at any cost, irrespective of the protests.”

HM Amit Shah tore into the BJP’s rivals for opposing the CAA — he specifically named Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Communist parties — and challenged the Opposition to a public debate.

The anti-CAA parties are spreading propaganda and spreading illusions that’s why the BJP is running the Jan Jagran Abhiyan, which is a public awareness campaign against those who break the country,” Amit Shah said.

The HM reiterated that there is no provision for taking the citizenship of anyone anywhere under CAA and rather people will be given India’s citizenship.

I have introduced this bill in the Lok Sabha. I want to tell the opposition that you should discuss this bill publicly. If it can take citizenship of any person, then prove it and show it,” he said.

“At the time of partition, Hindu, Sikh Buddhist&Jain constituted 30% of the population in Bangladesh and 23 % in Pakistan. But today, it’s just 7% & 3%, respectively. Where have these people gone? Those who are protesting against CAA, I want to ask them this.”

“आँख के अंधे, कान के बेहरे नेताओं को इन पर हुए अत्याचार दिखाई नहीं पड़ता  (The blind and deaf leaders can’t see the atrocities heaped on these persecuted minorities),” he added.

The sins of the Congress has led to the division of India on the basis of religion. The number of minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh continued to decrease. Where did these people go? Some were killed, some were forcibly converted,” the HM said.

The HM also reminded the Congress of its promise of citizenship to the people from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Rajasthan.

In the last assembly election in Rajasthan, the Congress had said in its manifesto that Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan will be given citizenship. If you do it then is all right and when Modi Ji does it then you protest,” he said.

He went on to invoke Mahatma Gandhi and the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to say emphasise his government’s thrust for the legislation.

Mahatma Gandhi had said in 1947 that Hindus and Sikhs living in Pakistan can come to India, HM Shah said.

Gandhi Ji had said that giving them citizenship, giving them pride should be the duty of the Indian government, he added.

Nehruji had said that the Central Relief Fund should be used to provide relief to the refugees. They should do whatever is necessary to give them citizenship, but Congress did nothing,’ he said.

Opponents of the CAA charge that the Act deliberately excludes Muslims while offering fast-track citizenship for Pakistani, Afghan and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants from six minority religious groups, including Hindus — provided they entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

Shah’s rally comes even as the protest led by women against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) entered its fifth day.

Police have booked 16 women and more than 100 unidentified persons, including two daughters of poet Munawwar Rana, in connection with the anti-CAA protest at Clock Tower in Chowk area of the capital of Uttar Pradesh.

Shah’s address in Lucknow was his first political rally after relinquishing the post of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief in keeping with one man, one post principle of BJP.

It was among the six rallies by top BJP leaders, the party has planned in UP on citizenship law.

Newly-elected BJP chief JP Nadda will be in Agra on Thursday to drum up support for the recent amendment in the act. Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, both former BJP chiefs, will be also holding rallies in UP.

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154 Very Prominent Citizens Write To President AGAINST Anti-CAA Protesters

The signatories of the letter said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about the Citizenship Amendment Act.



President Ramnath Kovind

NEW DELHI: Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters. They said that a “false and motivated” campaign is being launched against the law, the National Population Register (NPR) and NRC to harm the nation.

The signatories of the letter, including 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals, said “fear” is being spread across the country.

They said the campaign is being carried out in a “coordinated manner” leading to violent protests in which public and private property has been destroyed.

“This (protests) has grave security implications and does not bode well for our motherland. While ostensibly claiming to oppose government policies, they are in effect designed to destroy the very fabric of this country and harm the nation’s unity and integrity,” they said.

The signatories said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about CAA, NPR and NRC.

They said that while the CAA has been enacted, the idea of NPR and NRC which has been a part of the Indian discourse since Independence remains to be implemented.

According to CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

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Four Out Of Seven Delhi Ministers Have Declared Criminal Cases Against Them: ADR

13 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women, include one related to rape.



NEW DELHI: Four out of the seven ministers of the AAP government in Delhi have declared criminal cases against them as per a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation. That makes up for 57% of ministers with criminal cases.

Further, three out of those are facing serious criminal cases, making a substantial 43% of the newly-appointed ministers.

Out of the 7 ministers analysed, 5 (71%) are crorepatis, with the average assets of the ministers being Rs 8.96 crores.  The study also finds that 45 AAP MLAs and seven BJP MLAs have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore each.

Thirty-seven of the 70 newly-elected MLAs of Delhi have declared serious criminal cases against themselves which include an attempt to murder, and at least one related to rape, according to a study.

In the previous assembly, 24 MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.

An analysis of the declarations made by these MLAs reveals that 43 of them face criminal cases, of whom 37 have declared serious charges including those related to rape, attempt to murder and crime against women,

Thirteen of the 37 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women. Of the 13, one has declared cases related to rape.

There are no women among ministers in the Delhi Assembly, 2020.

Among major parties, the average assets per MLA for 62 AAP legislators is Rs 14.96 crores and eight BJP MLAs have average assets worth Rs 9.10 crore.

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Rabid Islamist Groups Like JeI, PFI, SDPI Inciting Hatred For Hindus: CPM Kerala Secretary

Both PFI and SDPI are trying for communal polarization, he said addressing a press conference today.



THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Kerala): CPM Kerala state secretary Balakrishnan has said a section in Islam is trying to create a communal divide in the country. Naming Islamic extremist outfits Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI-SDPI, he accused the Islamic outfits of inciting hatred for Hindus.

“Both are trying for communal polarization,” he said. He was addressing the media in a press conference at Thiruvananthapuram today.

“Jamaat-e-Islami stands for Islamic State. It is driven by the motto of freeing India through Islam. SDPI is using religion as a weapon of terrorism,” Balakrishnan said. He also alleged that Muslim fundamentalists are exhorting people to cry ‘bolo takbeer…’.

Religious slogans like “bolo takbeer allahu akbar” and “la illaha illallah” were widely raised in anti-CAA protests organised across the country.

Facing pressure on his observation, however, he soon contradicted his own accusations against the Islamic fundamentalists and admitted that members of minority community had taken part in the ‘human chain’ in a big way.

“Truth is, even people from other non-Left parties had also participated,” he added. In fact, cadres of Islamist extremist outfits like Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI-SDPI had participated in large numbers in the ‘human chain’, which was organised by the CPM as part of anti-CAA protests on January 26.

Two weeks ago, the CPM leader and Kerala chief minister Vijayan had cautioned people against the infiltration of members of “extremist” outfits like SDPI in anti-CAA protests in the state. He had alleged that the extremist groups aimed at creating riots in the name of protests.

“It has been brought to the government’s notice that SDPI’s members were trying to infiltrate in the protests in many places and divert the issues. They were not only indulging in violence, but also trying to divide people and create communal disharmony in society,” the Kerala chief minister had said.

“Congress is not taking an effective stand. For them, anti-communism is more important than opposing the RSS. But we know there are ‘secular-minded people’ within the UDF and our future course of action will be organised in such a way as to include them also,” said Balakrishnan, apparently referring to the Muslim League!

CPM has planned a series of agitations against the CAA including door-to-door campaigns and other protests, to which the party wants to ensure the participation of the Muslim League, which holds sway over the Muslim population in the state.

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