Protest Against CAA from Dec 12; ‘Will make Shaheen Bagh here too’ says Owaisi

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The CAA is an act to provide citizenship to the non-Muslim persecuted minorities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who took refuge in India till December 31, 2014.

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Anti CAA protest at the Shaheen Bagh, February 2020

Several organizations and leaders from across the country have again raised their voices against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). Among these organization, Akhil Gogoi’s the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Asom Jatiya Parishad are planning to restart farm laws protest- like campaign.

Asaduddin Owaisi, in his UP-election campaign threatened the central government to stage a Shaheen Bagh like protest in Lucknow if the CAA and NRC are not repealed.

“If the government makes the law on the National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), then we will hit the streets again, we will make Shaheen Bagh here too. I myself would come here,” said Owaisi in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki.

The CAA is an act to provide citizenship to the non-Muslim persecuted minorities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who took refuge in India till December 31, 2014.

The AASU leader Samujjal K. Bhattacharya said, as reported in the Hindu, “the farmers’ persistence with protests has been a lesson for those at the forefront of the anti-CAA protests, which had to be paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Bhattacharya further said to the media, “We must make the Centre scrap the CAA, which is a serious threat to the identity of the indigenous communities in the northeast besides being against the Constitution”.

The Coordination Committee Against CAA that was at the helm of the protest since the announcement of the CAA till it was abandoned in January 2020 due to Covid19 pandemic said that it will restart the protest across the country from December 12.

Appreciating the farmers’ fight against the Farm laws, Akhil Gogoi has advocated for the relaunch of the protest and urged to all the organizations to restart the campaign against CAA-NRC.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi reacted to such demands and termed it as “communal politics”. The minster said, “the Act had nothing to do with removing citizenship from Indians and was about providing citizenship to oppressed minorities from neighbouring countries”.

“Somebody says CAA should be repealed and Article 370 should be restored. These people know very well that CAA isn’t about taking away citizenship but providing citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs and other oppressed minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh,” he added.

For the unversed, Narendra Modi government at the centre has promised the farmers that it will repeal all three farm laws in winter session of Lok Sabha.

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