Mamata has led multiple protest rallies since the amended citizenship law was approved by Parliament on December 11
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday continued her protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, (CAA) and said she would not stop till the withdrawal of the legislation.
“BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] is planning to take away the citizenship of legal citizens,” she said before a 5km protest march in Purulia district. “I appeal to everybody to join hands against the BJP and isolate them everywhere.”
Mamata also criticized the saffron party for describing “peaceful protestors as anti-nationals.” The chief minister said demonstrators should make sure their names figure on the voters list, and the “rest will be taken care of” by her.
Mamata, a vocal critic of the CAA, had castigated Home Minister Amit Shah on December 18 for failing to maintain peace during the recent nationwide protests. The following day, she challenged the BJP to conduct a United Nations-monitored referendum on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens. However, later she claimed she had been misquoted.
The chief minister has led multiple protest rallies since the amended citizenship law was approved by Parliament on December 11. Mamata has also opposed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) – a proposed nationwide exercise to identify undocumented migrants – on several occasions.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Monday lashed out at the Uttar Pradesh Police for cracking down on people protesting against the CAA, and demanded a judicial inquiry into its “unlawful conduct”, PTI reported.
At a press conference in Lucknow, the Congress leader said there was no place for violence, revenge and resentment in India, referring to the Chief Minister Adityanath’s statement that his government would “take revenge” against protestors. “Saffron denotes Hinduism and does not reflect revenge or violence,” she said.
Adityanath had warned that people involved in vandalism would have their properties confiscated and auctioned. “This is the first time in history of India that a chief minister has said that revenge will be taken from the people,” Priyanka said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a Twitter campaign in support of the CAA with the hashtag #IndiaSupportsCAA.
“#IndiaSupportsCAA because CAA is about giving citizenship to persecuted refugees and not about taking anyone’s citizenship away,” the prime minister’s personal website’s Twitter handle posted. “Check out this hashtag in Your Voice section of Volunteer module on NaMo App for content, graphics, videos and more. Share and show your support for CAA.”