Hyderabad: Tens of 1000’s of individuals participated within the greatest ever protest towards the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) right here on Saturday.
The ‘Million March’ towards CAA, Nationwide Inhabitants Register (NPR) and Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC) drew big crowds from the dual cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and surrounding districts. The three-hour-long protest handed off peacefully.
Roads round Indira Park within the coronary heart of town have been filled with males, ladies and kids carrying Indian flags, banners and placards, elevating slogans towards the Narendra Modi-led authorities.
The protest organised by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Joint Motion Committee (JAC) comprising 40 Muslim and Dalit organisations introduced visitors to a halt on the primary roads at Indira Park and Hussain Sagar lake, which join the dual cities.
The normally busy Tank Bund and Decrease Tank Bund roads, Telugu Talli Flyover, RTC Cross Roads and different main thoroughfares in Liberty, Himayatnagar, Basheerbagh have been teeming with slogan-shouting protesters.
Residents from varied walks of life joined arms to take part within the march, up to now the largest protest towards CAA in Hyderabad.
Merchants, attorneys, writers, journalists, software program engineers, different professionals, college students, activists, non secular leaders and housewives converged at Dharna Chowk close to Indira Park the place police had made elaborate safety preparations.
Retailers and enterprise institutions have been closed in components of Hyderabad as businessmen and merchants turned out to take part within the march. A number of academic establishments had additionally declared a vacation.
The individuals have been elevating slogans like ‘Inquilab zindabad’, ‘Tanashahi nahi chalegi’ and ‘we reject NRC’.
They have been carrying banners and placards with slogans like “We will die but not accept CAA, NRC and NPR” and “United against hate”.
“The real issues are economy, education and health, and not Hindu-Muslim, Pakistan and NRC,” learn a banner.
The protesters demanded Telangana Chief Minister Okay. Chandrashekhar Rao to announce that NPR is not going to be carried out within the state. The organisers had invited Rao to guide the march.
The protest was initially deliberate final week, however the police had denied permission. The JAC had approached the excessive courtroom, which requested the police to contemplate contemporary software by the organisers.
The protesters, a lot of them ladies, gathered on the NTR Stadium and Dharna Chowk within the afternoon. They recited the nationwide anthem and likewise provided ‘namaz’.
The protesters holding the Tricolour reached in four-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and motorbikes whereas many additionally got here to the venue strolling.
The march was a giant success regardless of no mainstream political get together being a part of it. Many of the constituents of JAC have been smaller socio-religious teams.
Nevertheless, it appeared just like the residents got here out regardless of their political affiliations to talk out in a single voice.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a serious political drive within the metropolis, was not a part of the protest. AIMIM, led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, had approached the police in search of permission for a march underneath the banner of United Muslim Motion Committee on January four or 5. Nevertheless, the police denied permission for a similar.
JAC convenor Mushtaq Malik stated the ‘Million March’ was profitable regardless of the makes an attempt by some parts to scuttle it by circulating rumours on social media since Friday evening.
“CAA is discriminatory against Muslims. We will not accept it,” stated Syed Sajid, a pupil collaborating within the march
“CAA is not the only issue. The government is going to start NPR which is nothing but the first step towards NRC,” stated Zohra Begum, a housewife, holding the nationwide flag.
“Our ancestors decided to remain in India on a call given by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This is our country. We were born here and will die here,” stated one other protester.