Citizenship Amendment Act protests Updates: Modi's assurance on NRC hollow, says Pinarayi Vijayan; Gujarat BJP to launch campaign to clear 'misconceptions'

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Citizenship Amendment Act protests Updates: Modi's assurance on NRC hollow, says Pinarayi Vijayan; Gujarat BJP to launch campaign to clear 'misconceptions'
  • 21:44 (IST)

    Madras HC holds special sitting on plea seeking to ban protest tomorrow

    The Madras High Court is holding a special sitting to hear a plea seeking to restrain DMK and its allies from holding a rally in Chennai tomorrow against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    The Tamil Nadu government has told the court that it has rejected permission for the rally.

  • 21:35 (IST)

    PM contradicting home minister, says Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee, who was recently criticised for her reported statement saying that there should be a "referendum" on the NRC and CAA has slammed Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for "contradictions" in their statements.

    Banerjee has claimed that she only sought an "opinion poll" and not a referendum.

  • 21:28 (IST)

    Gujarat BJP to hold events to remove 'misconceptions' about CAA

     
    In order to remove the "misconceptions" from people's minds about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Gujarat BJP plans to organise a number of programmes in the state, including door-to-door campaigns, meetings and 'Run for CAA'.
     
    The party said it will hold these programmes for a fornight starting 29 December.
     
    PTI

  • 21:18 (IST)

    TM Krishna slams Centre on NRC

    The classical vocalist has been critical of the Narendra Modi-led government in the past.

  • 21:15 (IST)

    Cong, JDS leaders trying to mislead people on CAA-NRC: Yediyurappa

    Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday charged the opposition Congress and JDS leaders with trying to mislead the minorities by making false claims and whipping up their emotions over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Citizen of Register (NRC).


    "There are misconceptions about the two (CAA and NRC) and oppositionleaders, including Siddaramaiah (Congress) and HD Kumaraswamy (JDS) are trying to mislead the people. They are trying to whip up the emotions of theinnocent minorities," he said.

    PTI

  • 21:02 (IST)

    Congress' Jairam Ramesh slams Modi, Shah for 'good cop-bad cop routine'

  • 20:59 (IST)

    PM's assurance on NRC sounds hollow, says Pinarayi Vijayan

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Congress kicks off 800-km long 'Padyatra' in Assam to protest against CAA

    Protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act continued on Sunday with the Opposition Congress kicking off an 800-km long 'Padyatra' from
    Sadiya to Dhubri. Sadiya is a far east town of Assam and Dhubri is the headquarters of the western most district, which is located along the India-Bangladesh border.
     
     
    "We have been stating it very clearly that Assam will never accept this Act. It is anti-Assam and anti-Northeast. Congress party is with the people of Assam," Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora said.
     
    PTI

  • 20:29 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury joins protesters as peaceful agitation outside Jamia enters 7th day

    CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury joined protesters outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi as the continued for the 7th day following violence and police action against students on 15 December.
     
     
    "Connecting religion to citizenship is wrong. Now people are being misled. (Home Minister) Amit Shah has been clearly associating Citizenship (Amendment) Act with NRC. The government has to step back on this issue," he said.
     
    PTI

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Visited detention centre in Assam last month, says Prashant Bhushan

    Refuting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claims that no detention centre is being built in th country, Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan tweeted that he visited a under construction detention centre in assam last month, along with a picture. 

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Doctors travelling to anti-CAA protest sites to give medical attention to protesters

     
    A group of doctors are travelling to the sites in Delhi where protests against the amended citizenship act are going on in order to give immediate medical attention to any injured protester.
     
    Ajay Verma, a psychiatrist at AIIMS, said he had seen how the protesters were denied medical attention when they were taken to the Daryaganj Police Station.
     
    "To ensure that no such instance is repeated, we have arranged for two ambulances which we take to all the protest sites and provide medical attention to anyone who needs it," Verma said.
     
    PTI

  • 19:42 (IST)

    'Don't let Modi, Shah divide India,' says Rahul Gandhi

  • 19:30 (IST)

    48 arrested, 262 booked over violence in Muzaffarnagar

     
    Forty-eight people have been arrested and 67 shops sealed in connection with violent protests here last week during which several persons, including over a dozen policemen, were injured and vehicles gutted, officials said on Sunday.
     
    Deputy Inspector General of Police (Saharanpur Range) Upendra Agrawal said that two cases, naming 262 people, have been registered for rioting in Balwa area.
     
    While one case (against 105 people) has been registered at the Kotwali Police Station, another naming 157 people has been registered at the Civil Lines Station, he told PTI. 
     
    Twenty-four more cases were filed by the police but these have been registered against unnamed people, invoking IPC sections related to arson, rioting and attempt to murder.
     
    Internet services remain snapped in the district since Thursday, officials said.
     
    PTI

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Protests continue in Delhi amid tight security arrangements

    A number of protests against the amended Citizenship Act  were held in Delhi  even as police maintained a strict vigil. Although the Delh Police made elaborate arrangements to ensure that there was no protest around the Ramila Ground where Prime Minister Modi addressed rally, areas like Jantar Mantar, Jamia Millia, Nizammudin, and Connaught Place witnessed multiple peaceful demonstrations. A large number of people alos took out a 'solidarity march' in South Delhi in support of Jamia Millia Islamia students and those facing police action during protests against the contentious law.

  • 19:13 (IST)

    Marches for and against CAA-NRC held in several areas of Mumbai 

     
     
    Several thousand people participated in a march in Dharavi in Mumbai to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the December 15 police action against Jamia Millia Islamia students.
     
     
     
    Similar protests were held in Malvani in the northern suburb of Malad, though people here also shouted slogans in favour of the Mumbai police whose efficiency ensured a massive rally against CAA and NRC went off without any untoward incident on Thursday at August Kranti Maidan near Grant Road station.
     
     
    In Ghatkopar, a BJP stronghold in the metropolis, several people came out for a pro-CAA rally, with participants hailing the Narendra Modi government for the Act.

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Prime minister's speech contradicts Amit Shah: Mamata Banerjee

    In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: "Whatever I said is there in public forum, whatever you said is there for people to judge. With the prime minister contradicting the home minister publicly on nationwide NRC, who is dividing fundamental idea of India?"

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Mira Nair tweets in support Sadaf Jafar, lone woman protester arrested in Lucknow

    Filmmaker Mira Nair was among those who took to Twitter in support of Sadaf Jafar, the lone woman protester arrested in Lucknow on 19 December.

    Sadaf Jafar, a former school teacher,was the lone woman among 200 protesters arrested in Lucknow on 9 December in the aftermath of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (2019). She is reportedly lodged in a Lucknow jail and has sustained internal injuries.

  • 18:33 (IST)

    BJP questions Rahul's 'silence' on vandalism

    BJP working president JP Nadda at an event in Indore questionned Rahul Gandhi's "limited knowledge" about the new citizenship law and dared him to speak "even ten lines" on its provisions.

    He said Rahul Gandhi has not made even a single statement condemning vandalism during anti-CAA demonstrations. "Public property has been damaged in the country on a largescale during the violent protests in the last one week. But, has Rahul made any statement condemning this loss?" he asked.

  • 18:22 (IST)

    UPSSSC exams postponed amid internet shutdown in parts of UP

     
    The Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UPSSSC) announced on Sunday that certain examinations that were scheduled to be held on  24 and 26 December have been postponed to 4 and 10 january respectively. 
     
    A decision to this effect was taken by UPSSSC chairman Pravir Kumar at an emergency meeting after the controller of examinations conveyed that many candidates were unable to download their admit cards as internet in several districts of the state remains suspended. 

  • 18:13 (IST)

    Hundreds join protests at Delhi's Nizadmuddin

    Hundreds gathered at the Musafir Khana Park in Nizamuddin Basti on Sunday to hear what could be the impact of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

     
     
    Among those explaining the implications of the CAA was former JNU student and activist Umar Khalid, who said the most important fight right now was to save the country. "No one can scare the people of India. I salute all the people out on the streets," Khalid said. "How do we prove our loyalty to our own country? The Indian Muslims are not accidental Muslims, but are Indian Muslims by choice." "It is the attempt of the government to distract people from economic issues. NRC and CAA is anti-Indian and we reject it," he added.

    Senior advocate Sanjay Hedge told the people that "all of us fighting this battle (against the legislation) are warriors of the Constitution". Amid heavy police deployment who stood outside the location of the meeting, Hedge said "we oppose this legislation not as a Hindu or Muslim but as an Indian".

  • 18:00 (IST)

    Rampur admin taking steps to attach proeprtiesof 25 people involved in vandalism during anti-CAA protests, says district magistrate

    The Rampur district administration is taking steps to attach properties of 25 people, identified as ones vandalising public properties during violent protests against changes in the citizenship law, Rampur District Magistrate Aunjaneya Singh told PTI.

    "We have procured CCTV footage and identified so far 25 people involved in the violence. FIRs are being registered and the process has begun to attach their properties and further actions as needed," said Singh.

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Congress hits back at prime minister, says detention centres are 'extremely real'

    Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claims that no detention centre have been built yet, the Congress on Sunday tweeted images of news headlines related to detention centres in Mumbai and Assam.

    "Does PM Modi believe Indians can't do a simple google search to fact check his lies?  Detention Centres are extremely real and will continue to grow as long as this govt is in power," the party posted on its official Twitter handle.

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Ashok Gehlot leads 'Samvidhan Bachao Rally' in Jaipur

     
     
    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday led a massive peaceful march called the 'Samvidhan Bachao rally' against the amended citizenship law and demanded that the centre repeal the act, saying it is against the constitution and an attempt to divide people in the name of religion. 
     
    Members of different political parties including CPI, CPI(M), AAP, SP, RLD and JD(S), a large number of people from the minority communities and civil society, as well as intellectuals and youths participated in the 'silent march' which started here from the iconic Albert hall and culminated at Gandhi circle, covering nearly 3 kms on JLN road. 
     
    Jaipur Police Commissioner Anand Srivastava said nearly 3 lakh people attended the march, which took place peacefully. 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa writes to President seeking expansion of CAA to include Ahmadiyyas

    Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa has written to the President, urging him to have the ambit of new citizenship law expanded to include in it Ahmadiyya community too, facing persecution in Pakistan.

     
    Bajwa said the CAA requires further scrutiny as it fails to account for a myriad of communities facing persecution in our neighbourhood. “The Ahmadiyyas of Qadian are one such community which has faced persecution in Pakistan since 1953. In 1974 the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto passed the second amendment to the Pakistan constitution which in effect declared Ahmadiyyas as non- Muslim. In 1984, the Zia-Ul-Haq passed an ordinance that prohibited Ahmadiyyas from identifying themselves as Muslims,” wrote the Congress MP.
     
     
    He said over the years this community has seen its members being stoned to death. “Even the tomb stone of Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, an Ahmadiyya, was desecrated and the word 'Muslim' written on its cover was removed. The persecution faced by Ahmadiyyas requires humanitarian action by our government,” said Bajwa.
     
     

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Internal inquiry into violence necessary, says AMU V-C 

    The Vice Chancellor of AMU Prof Tariq Mansoor said the university's decision to set up a one-man judicial panel, to inquire into the violence that rocked the campus early this week, was necessary "for inculcating a sense of courtroom transparency in all issues" related to the turbulent incidents. The V-C clarified that the an internal inquiry by Justice V K Gupta, a retired chief justice of the Chhattisgarh high court, should not be confused with a 'judicial probe' which is the prerogative of the state and central government.
     
     
    Mansoor said the internal inquiry would cover all aspects related to the incidents of violence which started on 13 December and lasted till the morning of 16 December. It would also cover allegations of police excesses made by some students including damage to vehicles, he added. 

  • 16:55 (IST)

    Priyanka Gandhi visits Bijnor, meet kin of two killed in anti-CAA protests

    Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday made an unscheduled visit to Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh and met families of two persons, killed in recent violence over the amended citizenship law.
     
    Local Congress leaders told PTI she visited Nahtaur area of the district to meet families of the two persons, who died in the recent violence over the new provisions in the law.

  • 16:52 (IST)

    Karnataka govt announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia kin of 2 killed during protests in Mangaluru

    "I have directed the Deputy Commissioner (of Dakshina Kannada district) to give Rs 10 lakh each to the two families. The amount will be paid to them today," PTI quoted Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa as saying, following his visit to Managluru.

    The chief minister said he would order an inquiry into the incident after holding discussions with state Home Minister Basvaraj Bommai on the modalities of the probe. Yediyurappa said the inquiry would be apolitical.

  • 16:46 (IST)

    Congress slams BJP, says Home Minister's statement in Parliament responsible for creating fear and uncertainty

    Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, in response to Prime MInister Narendra Modi's speech, claimed that the Opposition had not raised the issue of the NRC "vacuum". 

    "The Home Minister's statement in both the Houses are in the public domain. They have to be then duly clarified. Those statements have created an environment of fear, insecurity and uncertainty in the country. It is primarily the governemnt which is responsible for that," he said.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis participates in pro-CAA rally in Nagpur, says CAA not against any caste or religion

     

    Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis participated in a pro-CAA rally in Nagpur on Sunday and accussed political parties of "misleading people" and "creating unrest in the country".

    "People are supporting the amended citizenship law in huge numbers. The Act is in the interest of the country and it is not against any communityor religion," Fadnavis said.

  • 16:25 (IST)

    Islamic outfits, CPM hold protests in Chennai

     Around 500 members of Islamic outfits and scores of CPM activists staged demonstrations in Chennai on Sunday.  While members of the Islamic outfits, including women, staged a protest holding placards in Chepauk, CPI(M) cadres distributed pamphlets in Thousand Lights area. Hindu Makkal Katchi RPT Makkal Katchi workers, led by their leader Arjun Sampath staged a demonstration, holding placards and party flags, at Vallurvarkotam area.  Protests were also held in Theni by members of some Islamic organisations.

    PTI

  • 16:18 (IST)

    AMU students, staff demand new V-C, registrar

    Students and staff of the Aligarh Muslim University have expelled the incumbent Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor and Registrar S. Abdul Hamid, says a notice issued by the Office of Students, AMU.

    The notice, dated 22 December, 2019, asks the V-C, Registrar to vacate their respective lodges till 5 january, 2020 and says that the students, tecahing and non-teaching staff shall boycott the administration untill the notice is complied with.

  • 16:11 (IST)

    Won't implement NRC, CAA in Rajasthan, says Ashok Gehlot

    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday addresed a rally against the new citizenship law in Jaipur and said that the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be implemented in Rajasthan.

    Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jaipur till 8 pm as a precautionary measure.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Toll in Meerut violence rises to five

    The death toll in the violence that occurred during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut two days ago rose to five, a senior police official said on Sunday.

    The deceased have been identified as Mohsin, Aasif, Zahir, Aalim, all residents of Meerut, and Asif from Delhi, Inspector General Alok Singh said. During the protests on Friday, protesters had torched vehicles and pelted stones at police, who used lathi charge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse mobs.

    Thirty-five policemen were also injured in Friday's violence. They are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, Singh said. Police have arrested 102 people in connection with the violence and efforts are on to nab the other suspects, he added.

    Singh said internet services have been shut down for now and social media is being continuously monitored for inflammatory posts. To maintain law and order, peace committees have been constituted under police stations and local residents have also been roped in, he said.

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Prohibitory order imposed for two months in Manipur's Imphal West district

    The Manipur government has imposed a prohibitory order on Imphal West district for two months in view of the continued protests against the new citizenship law, an official said on Sunday.

    The prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC was clamped on Imphal West on Saturday from 5.30 pm, said a statement issued by the office of District Magistrate Naorem Praveen. "Assembly of five or more persons which is likely to turn unlawful is prohibited," it said.

    The order also stated that "carrying of sticks, stones, firearms without a valid licence, weapons or objects of any description" which can be used for offensive activities is not allowed. "There is a likelihood of serious breach of peace and disturbance to public tranquility and grave danger to human lives and properties in the entire district on account of unlawful activities of some anti-social elements," the order said.

  • 15:40 (IST)

    TMC delegation 'detained' at Lucknow airport, says party MP

    A four-member TMC delegation, which was scheduled to meet the grieving families of those killed in Uttar Pradesh during protests over the new citizenship law, was "detained" at Lucknow airport on Sunday afternoon, party sources claimed.

    TMC Rajya Sabha MP Md Nadimul Haque, who is part of the delegation, said he and other party memebers were staging a sit-in near a hanger at the airport. "We have been detained at Lucknow airport. As soon as we got down from the aircraft, we were surrounded by the police and were taken by the police to a secluded spot on the runway. We are staging a dharna near a hanger," Haque told PTI over phone from Lucknow.

    The delegation, led by party's former MP Dinesh Trivedi also includes parliamentarian Pratima Mondal and Abir Biswas.

  • 15:35 (IST)

    UP Deputy chief minister alleges 'outsiders' role in violence during anti-CAA protests

    Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Sunday alleged "outsiders' role" in the incidents of violence reported from various districts of the state where protests took place against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

    He pointed out that six persons hailing from West Bengal's Malda district, associated with the PFI, had been arrested by the state police. Speaking to reporters, Sharma said, "There is involvement of Popular Front of India (PFI). They have connection with SIMI. Six persons from Malda have been arrested." Students Islamic Movement of India or SIMI is a banned terror outfit.

    He added, "The state government is capable of handling the situation effectively to ensure peace. We have spoken to Muslim clerics."

    "As many as 288 cops have sustained injuries, of which 62 are due to firearms. About 500 empty cartridges of prohibited bore (bullets) have been found. This indicates that the protestors were using illegal weapons."

    Sharma also said that the arrested persons have to pay for the damage as per Supreme Court orders. So far, 705 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence.

  • 15:33 (IST)

    People from NE hold protests at Jantar Mantar

    People from the north-east gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday, claiming that the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were given a Hindu-Muslim colour and the voices from the region fighting for the rights of indigenous people ignored.

    The protesters, including students and civil society members, said they were deeply hurt and distressed by the police "brutality" on those against the CAA, but "our protest is about our rights".

    "We will not let others hijack our agenda. We are here to speak about our people. You cannot always ask one to take more people," Tripura's royal scion Pradyot Deb Barman, who is also present there, said.

    "We respect their protest. We sympathise with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. It does not matter if you are a Hindu or a Muslim, the CAA is going to trigger a massive demographic change in the north-east," a protester said.

    "I am sure if Muslims are included in the list of communities to be granted citizenship through CAA, they will not protest. But we will protest anyway," she added.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    NH-48 restrictions: Vistara to accommodate its affected passengers free of cost

    As the Delhi Police put restrictions on traffic movement on NH-48 between 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday, Vistara airline announced that it will accommodate its affected passengers on next available flights without any charge.

    "Following the advisory issued by Delhi Police about traffic restrictions on NH-48 until 1400 hours today, Vistara will accommodate affected passengers booked on flights departing and arriving into Delhi up to 1600 hours, on the next available Vistara flights to their destination without any change fees (subject to seat availability)," the airline said in a statement.

    "Furthermore, due to the ongoing situation in Lucknow, Vistara also announces free change to bookings and cancellation without any penalty for those booked to travel to and from Lucknow. Fare difference, if any, will be applicable," it added.

  • 15:18 (IST)

    People who hold the tri-colour flag, raise your voice against Pakistan, urges Modi

    Narendra Modi urged people who hold the "tri-color" to raise their voices against the violent protesters and call to bring peace. "I want to call upon the people who hold the tri-color to raise their voices against Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism." he added.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Modi blames Mamata Banerjee for vote-bank politics, spreading rumours


    Narendra Modi blamed West Bengal government for taking part in 'vote-bank policitcs'. He said, "Now there is Mamata didi. She earlier wanted the government to help Hindu refugees from Bangladesh. What has happened to you now? Once the Army was doing a regular drill in Bengal. Didi claimed Modi's Sena had invaded Bengal. Even Prakash Karat had said those fleeing Bangladesh due to religious persecution should be helped. Their sympathy that time was a lie. All these people are capable of is vote-bank politics." 

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Narendra Modi alleges Opposition of 'vote-bank politics'

    Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that the entire Left front, which is left in "small pockets in the country, is opposing this as well." He said "Prakash Karat, their senior leader, had also asked for support for religiously persecuted people coming from Bangladesh. 

    "These people have always done vote-bank politics. Everything ever said by them was a lie," he alleged. He attacked Opposition for agitating people for "their votes, spreading violence, and are spreading false rumours."

  • 15:04 (IST)

    No rules framed about NRC yet, says Modi


    "CAA will not affect any Indian citizen, be it Hindu or Muslim. There have been multiple rumours about NRC too. NRC was implemented in Assam after the Supreme Court order. There are no rules that have been framed, it has not been introduced in Parliament. While we are giving you your right with the unauthorized colonies bill, will we then try and snatch your right?" Modi said on Sunday. 

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Citizenship law, NRC have nothing to do with Indian Muslims, states Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused his rivals of stoking fears among people and misleading Muslims over the amended citizenship law, and asserted that his government's schemes have never done any discrimination on the basis of religion.

    Addressing a rally at Ramlila Maidan here, he said the citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens have nothing to do with Indian Muslims. A lie is being spread that this government had brought the law to snatch people's rights, the prime minister said and dared rivals to find anything discriminatory in his work.

    Unable to challenge him in elections, Modi asserted, his rivals have resorted to dividing the country through rumours. Without naming the rival parties, he said people were incited by those in high positions, who shared fake videos.

  • 14:52 (IST)

    Minorities are forced to convert in Pakistan alleges Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi denied all rumours about the Citizenship Amendment Act which state that the Act was for those Indians who are tortured in Pakistan and are forcibly converted there. "These people have come to India only due to such religious persecution," he said. 

  • 14:46 (IST)

    Respond with love, says Rahul Gandhi claims Modi, Shah 'have destroyed future' 

    Amid the ongoing fury over the Citizenship Amendment Act, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, "Dear youth of India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have destroyed your future. We can only defeat them by responding with love towards every Indian."

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Narendra Modi slams protesters for 'brutally thrashing' police forces 

    Narendra Modi recalled the 33,000 police personnel who had sacrificed their lives for peace and security for the country, since independence. He slammed CAA protesters saying, "Today, you are brutally thrashing them. When any problem arises, police don't ask your religion or caste, whatever the weather or time they are there to help you." 

    He further reiterated that CAA will not affect any Indian citizen, be it Hindu or Muslim. "There have been multiple rumours about NRC too. NRC was implemented in Assam after the Supreme Court order. There are no rules that have been framed, it has not been introduced in Parliament. While we are giving you your right with the unauthorized colonies bill, will we then try and snatch your right?"

  • 14:27 (IST)

    'Burn my effigy but don't target the poor': Narendra Modi appeals to his 'rivals' 

    "Few Opposition parties are going to an extreme for their own benefit. They are spreading all kinds of rumours, misleading people and stoking their emotions against citizenship law." Narendra Modi during the mega rally in Delhi.

    Narendra Modi accused rivals of creating fear and chaos, and trying to defame India abroad. He further appeals to his anti-CAA protestors saying they "should burn my effigy if they hate me but they should not target the poor."

    He further alleged that Muslims were being misled, and said "I have always ensured that documents will never come in way of development schemes and their beneficiaries."

  • 14:18 (IST)

    Never asked anyone their religion when implementing schemes, says Narendra Modi 

    Narendra Modi slammed Opposition parties over Citizenship Amendment Act on Sunday. "I challenge the Opposition to inspect my work. We benefited the poor through Ujjwala Yojna." he said. He further asked Opposition parties if he ever asked their faiths. "I want to ask the opposition, why are you misleading people," he questioned.  

    "Did we ask you your faith. Did we ask any evidence. Every faith got benefits from the government. We are dedicated to the mantra of 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas''", he said. He also stated that: "We have never asked anyone if he goes to temple or mosque when it comes to implementing our schemes."

    He further questioned Opposition parties saying, "I want to ask them, when we authroised the unauthrosied colonies, did we ask anyone their religion? Did we ask which political party they support? Did we ask for documents from 1970,1980?".

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Hail the Parliament for passing CAA, says Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Sunday during the mega-rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maida. He asked the people present at the rally to "hail Parliament for passing the act". He further stated that CAA will help the marginalised and asked the country to stand up and "show your respect to the lawmakers."

    He slammed 'some parties' of spreading lies and fake information about the act. He said that the government was not stripping anyone of its rights. 

Citizenship Amendment Act protests Updates: In order to remove the "misconceptions" from people's minds about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Gujarat BJP plans to organise a number of programmes in the state, including door-to-door campaigns, meetings and 'Run for CAA'.

Rahul Gandhi said, "No India should allow Modi-Shah to divide India the way they are doing."

Even as protests against the amended citizenship act continued in many parts of the country, including in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, curfew was relaxed for seven hours in parts of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

"Curfew was relaxed for seven hours on Sunday from 1pm in four police station limits. Mobile internet service has also resumed in the city. Curfew was relaxed so that people could buy essential items," Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar Tripathi told PTI.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday made an unscheduled visit to Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh and met families of two persons, killed in recent violence over the amended citizenship law.

 Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, in response to Prime MInister Narendra Modi's speech, claimed that the Opposition had not raised the issue of the NRC "in vacuum".

"The Home Minister's statement in both the Houses are in the public domain. They have to be then duly clarified. Those statements have created an environment of fear, insecurity and uncertainty in the country. It is primarily the governemnt which is responsible for that," he said.

Even as Narendra Modi was addressing a rally at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said,"Dear youth of India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have destroyed your future. We can only defeat them by responding with love towards every Indian."

Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that the entire Left front, which is left in "small pockets in the country, is opposing this as well." He said "Prakash Karat, their senior leader, had also asked for support for religiously persecuted people coming from Bangladesh. "These people have always done vote-bank politics. Everything ever said by them was a lie," he alleged. He attacked Opposition for agitating people for "their votes, spreading violence, and are spreading false rumours."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused his rivals of stoking fears among people and misleading Muslims over the amended citizenship law, and asserted that his government's schemes have never done any discrimination on the basis of religion.  Addressing a rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, he said the citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens have nothing to do with Indian Muslims.

A lie is being spread that this government had brought the law to snatch people's rights, the prime minister said and dared rivals to find anything discriminatory in his work. "Few Opposition parties are going to an extreme for their own benefit. They are spreading all kinds of rumours, misleading people and stoking their emotions against citizenship law." Narendra Modi during the mega rally in Delhi. Modi further accused rivals of creating fear and chaos, and trying to defame India abroad. He further appeals to his anti-CAA protestors saying they "should burn my effigy if they hate me but they should not target the poor."

He further alleged that Muslims were being misled, and said "I have always ensured that documents will never come in way of development schemes and their beneficiaries."

Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Sunday during the mega-rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maida. He asked the people present at the rally to "hail Parliament for passing the act". He further stated that CAA will help the marginalised and asked the country to stand up and "show your respect to the lawmakers." He slammed 'some parties' of spreading lies and fake information about the act. He said that the government was not stripping anyone of its rights.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted on stage at the Ramlila Maidan for giving ownership rights to 40 lakh residents of 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi. He kicks off the BJP's campaign for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections by addressing the rally amid nationwide Citizenship Amendment Act protests.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said here on Sunday that Muslims of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have the option to go to as many as 150 Islamic countries in the world while persecuted minorities in three neighbouring countries have nowhere to go except India to take recluse. He was addressing a rally in support of Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 here in Nagpur on Sunday. 'The Muslims who come from these three countries are not called refugees while the Hindus, Jain, Parsis, Sikh, Christians etc are called refugees,' said Gadkari.

The CAA and the NRC are India's 'internal issues', Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has said, but voiced concern that any 'uncertainty' in the country is likely to affect its neighbours. Amid raging protests over the controversial citizenship law across India, Momen hoped that the situation 'cools down' and the neighbouring country 'can get out of it'.

Thousands of people have gathered at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi for Narendra Modi's mega rally that marks the beginning of BJP's campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections. Modi is expected to bring up the CAA issue in his speech, given the widespread protests against the amended Citizenship Act across the capital and the country. According to Times of India, BJP has claimed that an estimated two lakh attendees from across the north India are coming to the event aboard 3,000 buses.

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Thousands of people have gathered at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi for Narendra Modi' mega rally on Sunday. Twitter/@BJP4India

Uttar Pradesh's DGP, OP Singh on Sunday denied permission to a four members delegation of All India Trinamool Congress from visiting Lucknow today. He told ANI, "We have come to know that some political leaders of TMC want to visit here (Lucknow). We will not permit them for the same as section 144 is imposed in the area and it can make the atmosphere more tense." A four-member delegation of All India Trinamool Congress was expected to be visiting Lucknow on Sunday to meet the grieving families of those who were killed in police firing. The delegation which is expected to reach Lucknow on 22 December would be led by Dinesh Trivedi.

Amid protests across India against the amended Citizenship Act, a group of social activists and citizens on Sunday organised a pro-CAA rally in Bengaluru after prohibitory orders have been lifted. The rally, “India Supports CAA”, will take place in Sir Puttana Chetty Town Hall from 10 am, organisers told The Indian Express. Similarly, hundreds of Lok Adhikar Manch workers gathered in Nagpur on Sunday morning to hold a rally in support of the newly-enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which is largely being opposed across the country.

According to ANI, internet services have been restored in Aligarh. Services were suspended from 15 December after violence broke out during protests over Citizenship Amendment Act. Meanwhile, internet services remain suspended in Meerut till 5 pm on Sunday in view of the recent violence in Uttar Pradesh during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Internet services have also been suspended in Prayagraj district till Monday, reports ANI.

Sixty-five people were arrested and 350, including a former legislator, booked here for allegedly spreading violence over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), police said on Saturday. A special drive has been launched to nab miscreants resorting to violence and pelting stones on police during protests, they said. More than 65 people have been arrested and FIRs registered against 350 anti-social elements, Senior Superintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar Singh told PTI. An FIR has been also lodged against former Loni MLA Zakir Ali, he added. Singh said miscreants have been identified and will be arrested soon.

One person died as clashes broke out during protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, taking the toll in the state from Thursday to 16. Internet services have been restored in Aligarh. Services were suspended from 15 December after violence broke out during protests over Citizenship Amendment Act.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on Sunday at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan, which is a little over a kilometre away from Old Delhi's Daryaganj that was hit by violence on Friday during a protest against the amended Citizenship Act. In a statement, senior BJP leader Vijay Goel said preparations for the rally, which is being organised to thank Modi for giving ownership rights to 40 lakh residents of 1731 unauthorised colonies, are in full swing.

Meanwhile, the Congress, led by party interim chief Sonia Gandhi, has decided to stage a silent protest at Rajghat on Sunday afternoon demanding protection for the Constitution and the rights of people as enshrined in it.

Top leaders of the party including its former president Rahul Gandhi and its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are likely to participate in the 'satyagrah dharna' till the evening, sources said. The decision to hold the silent protest was taken at a meeting of top party leaders at Sonia Gandhi's residence on Monday evening, they said. The sources, however, said the party was yet to get permission for holding the protest at Rajghat: a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

One person died as clashes broke out during protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, taking the toll in the state from Thursday to 16. Large-scale vandalism during a bandh called by the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the neighbouring state of Bihar disrupted road and rail traffic. The Congress, Left and other Opposition parties led demonstrations in many states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland and West Bengal, demanding that the contentious law be scrapped.

One person died and several people were injured in clashes between anti-CAA protesters, who pelted stones and indulged in arson, and police in Rampur in UP, officials said. Protestors set ablaze Yatimkhana police post in Kanpur and indulged in heavy brickbatting, leading to injuries to many people including policemen, a senior official said. Police used cane-charge and tear gas to chase them away.

UP police said as many as 705 persons have been arrested and 4,500 were detained for the violence during the last two days. They said 260 security personnel were injured, of whom 57 suffered gunshot wounds.

A day after massive protests and clashes in the national capital, Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad was arrested when he came outside Jama Masjid, where he had taken part in a demonstration on Friday, and was later sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a court.

Police and paramilitary personnel carried out flag march in violence-hit areas, even as scores of people held peaceful demonstrations against the amended Citizenship Act at several places, including at India Gate, Jamia Millia Islamia, Rajghat, Uttar Pradesh Bhawan. Police said no untoward incident was reported.

Fifteen people arrested for Friday's violence in Daryaganj were remanded in judicial custody for two days, while 11 others were sent to jail for a fortnight in connection with the Seemapuri incident.

The situation in Assam, where protesters carried out rallies against the amended law, was peaceful while mobile internet services were restored in Meghalaya.

Thousands of university students hit the streets and marched towards state BJP headquarters in Kolkata demanding roll back of the law. A scuffle broke out between the police and the protesters when some tried to break through the police barricades and head towards the party office. The Youth Congress organized a march to Raj Bhavan in the afternoon.

In Bihar, carrying bamboo sticks and party flags, supporters of bandh called by Rashtriya Janata Dal, against the amended Citizenship Act gathered at bus stands, railway tracks and other vantage points in all districts of the state since the crack of dawn, unfazed by the winter fog and chilly winds.

They squatted on railway tracks, disrupting train movement, and blocked bus terminuses at various places to enforce the day-long bandh.

The protesters also smashed windshields of taxis and three-wheelers and damaged cycle-rickshaws that plied on the roads in defiance of the call for the shutdown at the towns of Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and outskirts of Patna.

A vehicle torched allegedly by protestors during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), at Phulwarisharif in Patna Saturday. PTI

A vehicle torched allegedly by protestors during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), at Phulwarisharif in Patna Saturday. PTI

Protests continued in many cities in the southern states. CPM activist tried to block trains at the railway station in Chennai but their attempts were foiled by police.

The Congress in Kerala led by its top leaders held demonstrations in all district headquarters of the state. There were scuffles at several places in Tamil and Kerala between police and protesters who tried to break barricades.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa visited Mangaluru and met the families of two persons who were killed in police firing there on Thursday during violent anti-CAA protests. Police detained CPI Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala Binoy Viswam and some party activists who staged a protest in the city against the CAA defying curfew.

Amid the countrywide stir against the Citizenship Act, BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) urged the Centre to include Muslims in the new law by bringing an amendment to it and said there should not be any exclusion on the basis of religion.

"We strongly feel that the Muslim community should be included in it (amended Citizenship Act)," SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said in Patiala.

BSP president Mayawati asked the Centre to give up its "stubborn stand" on the new citizenship law and NRC and withdraw its decisions as now "voices opposed to the CAA and NRC have started coming from within the NDA".

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that like eight other states, Maharashtra should also refuse implementation of the new citizenship law, which he feared would hurt the religious and social harmony of India.

Unfazed by the criticism, the BJP announced that it will start a mass contact programme to expose opposition parties' "lies" and apprise people of the details of the law to assure them that it is not against existing citizens.

Party general secretary Bhupender Yadav told reporters that the BJP, within the next 10 days, will contact more than three crore families, organise a rally in every district and hold over 250 press conferences across the country.

Uttar Pradesh 

Despite restrictions on movement and Internet services, BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, which was hit by large scale violent protests after Friday prayers, saw more clashes on Saturday.

Amid a bandh call in Rampur against the CAA, around 400 to 500 protestors, including children in the age group of 12-18 years, gathered at some distance from the Eidgah in the city and stones were pelted at policemen, leading to clashes, officials said.

"Of the five injured, four were referred to Meerut for treatment where one died, while another is in a serious condition. Around a dozen protestors have been detained," District Magistrate (DM) Aunjaneya Singh told PTI.

Samajwadi Party MLA Amitabh Bajpai was arrested as a precautionary measure and his vehicles seized in Kanpur, police said.

After a lull of four days, the Aligarh Muslim University campus again witnessed protests with hundreds of non-teaching staff joining hands with teachers' association to oppose the CAA and police action against students. The AMU has set up a one-man judicial panel to conduct an internal inquiry into violent incidents that took place on the campus on 15 and 16 December. Police earlier said at least 15 people, including an eight-year-old boy, lost their lives in the state since Thursday in the state.

Over 260 policemen were also injured, of whom 57 received gunshot wounds, IG (Law and Order) Praveen Kumar said. Director-General of Police OP Singh claimed women and children were used as "shields by the protestors". He maintained that police did not open fire and suggested the deaths were due to cross firing between protestors.

"We are clear and transparent in this. If anyone died due to our fire we will conduct a judicial inquiry and take action. But nothing happened from our side," he said.
So far 218 people have been arrested in Lucknow, he said.

Clashes with police were reported after Friday prayers from Bhadohi, Bahraich, Amroha, Farurukhabad, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Hapur, Hathras, Bulandshahr, Hamirpur and Mahoba districts and cases have been registered. Internet had been suspended in major cities, including Lucknow.

Bihar

Tejashwi Yadav, leader of the opposition in Bihar Assembly, marched in a large procession against the amended Citizenship Act from the party office in Bir Chand Patel Marg in Patna to Dak Bungalow crossing, throwing traffic on the busy Fraser Road and Bailey Road out of gear.

At some places in Patna, workers of the RJD, known for their strong arm tactics to enforce bandhs, presented people with roses and urged them with folded hands to support the shutdown in "national interest".

The shutdown, which came two days after a bandh was called on the same issue by Left parties, is being supported by other constituents of the Grand Alliance like the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).

Movement of at least seven trains was affected for periods ranging from 30 minutes to over an hour at various stations, the East Central Railway, headquartered at Hajipur in the state, said in a statement.

In Muzaffarpur, the largest north Bihar town, RJD and Congress leaders sat on highways, major road and railway crossings to enforce the bandh. At places like Brahmpura, they clashed with shopkeepers who were reluctant to down their shutters.

Reports of the bandh disrupting normal business and vehicular traffic have been received from districts like Munger, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Jehanabad and Nawada as well.

North East

In Meghalaya, curfew imposed in Sadar and Lumdiengjri police station limits in Shillong was relaxed for 16 hours from 5 am on Saturday and no untoward incident was reported in these areas in the past 24 hours, East Khasi Hills District Magistrate M W Nongbri said. Protesters took out peaceful rallies in Assam against the amended Citizenship Act at various places, police said.

The curfew imposed in Dibrugarh following violent protests against the Act was relaxed for 16 hours since 6 am on Saturday as the law and order situation improved, they said. Mobile internet services were restored on Friday in Assam after nine days of its suspension while broadband services had resumed on 18 December.

According to sources, the West Bengal police have stepped up vigil and beefed up security arrangements in various parts of the state in order to prevent any untoward incident.

The state had witnessed violence and arson from 13 to 17 December during protests against the new citizenship law. More than 600 people have been arrested so far for their alleged involvement in arson and violence in the state, police said.

Southern states

Senior Congress leaders including Ramesh Chennithala, Mullappally Ramachandran, Shashi Tharoor, Benny Behanan and M M Hassan participated in anti-CAA protests held in all district headquarters of Kerala.

In some places including Kochi, Wayanad and Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram the workers tried to break the police barricades and enter central government institutions, leading to minor scuffles with police personnel.

"It is a fight against authoritarianism and fascism. The government is using brute force to silence the people who are on the streets against the law meant to divide the people of the country on religious lines," Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Chennithala alleged while addressing the protesters.

In Tamil Nadu, outfits affiliated to the CPI(M) including the Democratic Youth Federation of India, and Students Federation of India attempted to block trains at the MGR Central Railway Station complex in the state capital, leading to scuffles with police.

Communist Party of India veteran Nallakannu led the march to Raj Bhavan as part of the party's "besiege Raj Bhavan" agitation in which scores of Congress workers, volunteers of outfits including the CPI-affiliated All India Students' Federation, took part.

They were stopped near the Taluk Office Road-Little Mount point. Protests were held at Kumbakonam and other parts of Tamil Nadu as well by various outfits including Islamic bodies.
During his visit to Mangaluru, Yediyurappa also met representatives of Christian and Muslim communities, political leaders and officials.

He appealed for peace and said he has instructed the district administration to provide compensation to the families of the victims as per law.

Curfew is in place within the city commissionerate till Sunday midnight in view of violence during Thursday protests. The chief minister promised relaxation in curfew. Six people, including CPI Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala Binoy Viswam were detained when they staged a protest in the city against the CAA defying curfew.

Police have restricted the entry of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Mangaluru during the period of curfew. Meanwhile, as many as 1,100 academicians and research scholars from various universities across India and abroad as well as prominent persons released a statement in support of the amended Citizenship Act.

The signatories to the statement include Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta, Shishir Bajoria, Chairman, IIM Shillong, Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University and JNU professor Ainul Hasan, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 22, 2019 23:45:28 IST