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Shaheen Bagh Protesters’ Valentine’s Day Invitation To PM Modi

New Delhi: The anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh have prolonged an invite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come back and rejoice Valentine’s Day with them on Friday.

The protesters, who’re staging an illustration since December 15 final yr demanding the withdrawal of the contentious Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA) and a proposed all-India Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC), may even unveil a “love song” and “a surprise gift” for Modi.

Posters on the protest website in south-east Delhi and in addition circulating on social media platforms learn: “PM Modi, please come to Shaheen Bagh, collect your gift and talk to us.”

“Whether Prime Minister Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah or anyone else, they can come and talk to us. If they can convince us that whatever is happening is not against the Constitution, we will end this protest,” Syed Taseer Ahmed, one of many first protesters at Shaheen Bagh, instructed PTI.

He mentioned based on the federal government’s claims, the CAA was “to award citizenship and not to take away someone’s citizenship”, however no person defined, “how is it going to help the country”.

“How is CAA going to help us tackle issues of unemployment, poverty and economic slowdown, which are the most pressing issues,” Ahmed mentioned.

Protests towards the CAA and the NRC unfolded at Shaheen Bagh, Zakir Nagar, Jamia Nagar, Khureji Khas and different locations within the nationwide capital and elsewhere within the nation in December.

The protesters at Shaheen Bagh have pitched a tent on the principle street linking Noida to south-east Delhi through the Kalindi Kunj bridge, which, based on an official estimate, witnesses motion of round 1.75 lakh autos each day.

Ahmed mentioned faculty buses, ambulances and emergency autos had been allowed hassle-free motion for the reason that protest began two months in the past and the declare that the stir was inflicting lots of issues to the widespread folks was “exaggerated”.

“Had it been at the levels as it is being portrayed by some people, we would have been evacuated from here long ago. The BJP would have won the Delhi polls and the Centre would have removed us. So, this claim that the Shaheen Bagh protest is causing major inconvenience is unsubstantiated,” he added.

Based on the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who’ve come to the nation from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014, after being subjected to non secular persecution won’t be handled as unlawful immigrants however given Indian citizenship. The regulation excludes Muslims.

These opposing the regulation contend that it discriminates on the idea of faith and thus, violates the Structure.

Additionally they allege that the CAA, together with the NRC, is meant to focus on the Muslim group in India.

Nevertheless, the Centre has dismissed the allegations, whereas sustaining that the regulation is meant to provide citizenship to persecuted folks from the three neighbouring nations and never to remove the citizenship of anybody.


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