Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has decided to launch a nationwide pro-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) campaign under the leadership of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
It was decided at a meeting of senior leaders of the party held under the chairmanship of working president JP Nadda on Thursday evening that this campaign will start from January 5, 2020. It was also decided that Home Minister Amit Shah will kick-off the public awareness campaign and the working president along with 50 senior leaders of the party will take up the campaign in various cities. The campaign will conclude on January 15.
On the other hand, More than two dozen people in India have died amid ongoing protests against a new citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims. At least 27 people have died across India in ongoing protests against the country’s new citizenship law.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, offers a fast-track to citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but excludes Muslims such as the Ahmadiyya, Hazara or Rohingya. Critics say the law is not only discriminatory, but in violation of India’s secular constitution.
Opponents of the CAA argue that it’s part of the BJP’s broader effort to advance a Hindu nationalist agenda. They cite the recent annexation of Kashmir and the reported removal of nearly 2 million people in Muslim-majority Assam from the National Register of Citizens.
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