Citizens in Goa's Ponda rally against Citizenship Amendment Act, BJP dubs protest as 'desperation of Congress'

Addressing the rally, retired IAS officer Arvind Bhatikar, who has been spearheading anti-CAA protests in Goa, claimed the new Citizenship law will 'destroy India. There is a need that we must uphold the Constitution of India. The Citizenship Amendment Act is discriminatory and against the Constitution', he alleged

Press Trust of India January 19, 2020 13:11:06 IST
Citizens in Goa's Ponda rally against Citizenship Amendment Act, BJP dubs protest as 'desperation of Congress'
  • Citizens under the banner of 'Goa Unity Forum' gathered in Ponda town of South Goa district on Saturday and held a protest rally

  • Addressing the rally, retired IAS officer Arvind Bhatikar claimed the new Citizenship law will 'destroy India'

  • BJP's South Goa district general secretary Navin Pai Raikar also hit out at the protesters

Panaji: Hundreds of people protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Goa, even as the ruling BJP dubbed the agitation as "desperation of the Congress" and like-minded people. Citizens under the banner of 'Goa Unity Forum' gathered in Ponda town of South Goa district on Saturday and held a protest rally.

Citizens in Goas Ponda rally against Citizenship Amendment Act BJP dubs protest as desperation of Congress

File image of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Patna. PTI

Addressing the rally, retired IAS officer Arvind Bhatikar, who has been spearheading anti-CAA protests in Goa, claimed the new Citizenship law will "destroy India". "There is a need that we must uphold the Constitution of India. The Citizenship Amendment Act is discriminatory and against the Constitution," he alleged.

On the occasion, Sahitya Akademi Award winner Konkani writer N Shivdas said the Constitution is like a "holy book" that unites people of all religions. "We all must uphold and protect this holy book," he added.

Congress MLA Ravi Naik alleged that CAA was "not only against the Muslim community but also against Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes". However, Goa BJP leaders took to social media to condemn the protest.

"Why Azadi slogans at Ponda rally? CAA is a law. Not a word about it. Only emotive, misguiding speeches. Palpable desperation of Congress and like-minded!" BJP's Goa general secretary and former MP Narendra Sawaikar tweeted.

In another tweet, he uploaded a picture of a protester holding a placard with the message: "We Stand with JNU". "Authorities need to find the source of such posters at Ponda rally," Sawaikar said in his twitter post.

BJP's South Goa district general secretary Navin Pai Raikar also hit out at the protesters. "These are migrants who live in Goa on government doles. Let's give them Azadi by sending them where they belong!" he tweeted.

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