TDN World Desk: Addressing a public gathering in Jharkhand, Amit Shah said, some changes in Citizenship Act could be considered.
Since last few days Northeast including Assam and Meghalaya have witnessed mass protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. Extra reserved forces have been employed in places of the region to tackle the unrestrained protests. Suspension of Internet service has been extended in Assam for 48-hours. Reportedly three people were killed in the ongoing protests.
Taking stock of the situation,
Amit Shah, however, seems to have relented his stand over the Citizenship Act.
Speaking in a election campaign in Jharkhand the BJP strong man said on Saturday, “It is the responsibility of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect them.” Shah was quoted by Hindustan Times.
According to Hindustan Times, Shah said that he had discussed with Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, and his cabinet ministers over the issue on Friday when they visited him.
BJP chief Amit Shah, while giving updates of the recent developments in the North East to the people of Jharkhand, said, “They said there is a problem in Meghalaya. I tried to make them understand that there is no issue. Yet, they requested me to change something (in the act). I have asked Sangma ji to come to me when he is free after Christmas and we can think of a constructive a solution for Meghalaya. Nobody has anything to fear.”
While addressing the people in Jharkhand’s Giridhar ahead of assembly polls in the state, Shah blamed for the violence in North East. He said Congress has age-old habit to describe the important steps like scraping Article 370, passing law on Triple Talaq, and Citizenship Act as anti-minority while these are done in the interest of the persecuted minorities.
Shah, the second man in command in BJP after Modi, also accused Congress of doing divisive politics and encouraging naxalism and terrorism.
“Congress has for years done Hindu-Muslim politics and encouraged evils like Naxalism and terrorism. When a Prime Minister like Narendra Modi takes a strong stand against terrorism, the Congress accuses him of vote bank politics and appeasement,” he later said via his official Twitter handle.