There are protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act throughout the country. The Opposition including the Congress has joined the protests against the Act that grants citizenship to the persecuted minorities except Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Berhait, Jharkhand for the ongoing Jharkhand election has thrown an open challenge to the Congress and its allies. Accusing the opposition party of spreading fear regarding the Act, he dared the Congress to openly announce that it is willing to make every Pakistani an Indian citizen.
“I challenge Congress and their allies if they have the guts they should openly declare that they will give Indian citizenship to every Pakistani citizen, & that they will bring back Article 370 in Jammu-Kashmir & Ladakh,” Modi said.
#WATCH PM speaks on #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, in Jharkhand’s Berahit. Says “Congress&its allies are creating an atmosphere of lies to scare Indian Muslims. They’re spreading violence. Citizenship Amendment Act doesn’t snatch away any right of an Indian citizen or cause any harm.” pic.twitter.com/JKRnjF99yu
— ANI (@ANI) December 17, 2019
Modi urged the students to protest democratically, adding that the opposition is firing off their shoulders.
“Stop this guerilla politics. Indian Constitution is our only holy book. I appeal to youth in colleges to debate our policies, protest democratically. We will listen to you. But some parties, urban naxals, are firing off your shoulders,” he said.
The prime minister also said that people of Jharkhand have voted fearlessly in the first four phases of Assembly elections.
He claimed that when lotus bloomed, tribals, women and youth across the country were benefited.
“Your blessings on the BJP are giving sleepless nights to the Congress, JMM, RJD and the Left parties,” he told people attending the rally.