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Modi on CAB protests

As protests with the aid of students against the new citizenship law engulf numerous parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tried to assuage worries and said the legislation does no longer affect any citizen of any religion within the country. In a series of tweets, Modi stated agencies with vested interests can not be allowed to “divide and create disturbances in the country”. “I need to unequivocally assure my fellow Indians that CAA does no longer affect any citizen of India of any religion. No Indian has whatever to worry regarding this Act.

This Act is only for those who’ve confronted years of persecution outside and haven’t any other region to go besides India,” he said. Describing the violent protests at the Citizenship Amendment Act as “unfortunate and deeply distressing”, the PM stated: “Debate, dialogue and dissent are essential components of democracy but, in no way has harm to public assets and disturbance of regular lifestyles been part of our ethos.” The Prime Minister brought that the amended Citizenship Act, surpassed by Parliament remaining week, “illustrates India’s centuries old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood” as he sought to reject the criticism that the brand new regulation is discriminatory in nature.

The assurance is sizable since at the side of the CAA, it is BJP’s another promise that has spread fear among Muslims – that of a national NRC with the intention to identify citizens and “expel” immigrants. The debatable CAA says that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who fled religious persecution will now not be considered unlawful immigrants in the event that they have entered India on or earlier than December 31, 2014. But Muslims have now not been covered in its ambit. Modi’s statement comes after huge protests spread to college campuses all over the country.

The nationwide protests were sparked by the police action towards students of the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, in which the Vice-Chancellor said as a minimum 200 student shad been injured on Sunday night time after police entered the campus and allegedly assaulted them and lobbed tear gasoline shells in the varsity library. Several petitions have also been filed towards the amended Citizenship Act, which the Supreme Court has stated it will pay attention on Wednesday.

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