Former MP Furkan Ansari addresses dharna
Jamshedpur, Jan 31: A day after face-off between Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) protesters and supporters, activists under the banner of All India Minority Social Welfare Front staged a massive dharna in front of deputy commissioner’s office on Friday. Though the administration has imposed Section 144 in view of clash on Thursday at Sakchi, but the officials allowed the front to stage demonstration as the organisation had taken the approval before the imposition of Section 144. The Section has been imposed till February 14.
Congress leader and former MP Furkan Ansari said that the Central government has hurt the sentiments of our National leaders like Mahatma Gandhi by implementing CAA. He asked minorities to unite to oppose the (CAA). He said the Union Government wants to divide the people of the country.
He alleged that the BJP-led Central government was trying to implement NRC in the country to target a particular community. He said that minorities are being targeted under the act.
Participants in large numbers carrying posters and placards against BJP-led government at the Centre, raised slogans against bringing in the ‘divisive’ Citizenship Amendment Act.
With ongoing protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the nation, the district administration had made elaborate security arrangements. In view of face-off yesterday security forces were deployed at the site of dharna.
JMM leader Babar Khan said that the protest will continue till Government takes back this Act. The Act seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. It discriminates against Muslims and violates the right to equality enshrined in the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Hindu Utsav Samiti Samiti led a delegation at DC office and handed over memorandum to deputy commissioner. An activist said the CAA was in the larger national interest. He said it was not designed to oust anyone from the country, rather it was enacted with the view to give shelter to minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Jainis and Buddhists being persecuted in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He said those opposing CAA were provoking public anger with vested interests and ulterior motives. The anti-CAA lobby is trying to gain political advantage by misleading people and creating an environment of terror, he said. He added that Congress, JMM and other opposition parties were spreading rumours about CAA. In this situation, those supporting the CAA should come forward, he said.