TDN World Desk: On Saturday, hundreds of students, activists and citizens gathered in Jantar Mantar under the banner of United Against Hate to oppose the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
Speaking at the protest rally, Umar Khalid said that implementation of CAB and NRC is “a renewed attempt to implement Savarkar’s Two Nations Theory. NRC and CAB has to be completely boycotted in order to safeguard our democracy”.
Nadeem Khan from UAH said that “irrespective of the opposition parties, the citizens of this country will completely boycott NRC and CAB. We will do a Civil Disobedience against this. We shall also question and surround the opposition parties who will betray us”.
Yogendra Yadav, from Swaraj India Abhiyan, said, “CAB sabotages the fundamental secular character of India. Yes Indian secularism has many limitations but CAB tends to destroy it completely. The CAB does not talk about persecuted minorities from non-muslim nations. It does not talk about Muslim minorities from Muslim nation. It is highly discriminatory”.
Slamming BJP for its anti-Muslim stand, Congress MP, Javed Ali From Kishanganj said, “BJP led government is being brazenly majoritarian. They are also Muslim haters and they don’t try to hide it anymore. We have been elected in the parliament to safeguard the constitution and we will fight it back”.
He also challenged Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to take a stand against CAB and prove his secular credentials.
On Saturday’s meeting Under the banner of United Against Hate, various organization hailing from different ideological beliefs came together.
N.Sai Balaji, All India President of AISA said, “CAB/NRC is a dream of Golwalkar and Savarkar. Leaders like Sardar Patel had rejected this posionous ideology. The people all over the country are fighting for jobs, economy, women’s safety and for the constitution against the Sangh parivar. NRC and CAB is anti-people, anti-tribals, anti-dalits and anti-minority and we will fight tooth and nail against it”.
Faternity Movement leader Afreen Fateema said, “our fight against NRC/CAB does not end today it is rather the beginning of a long fight.”
Manmohan Gama from Samajwadi party said, “this government constantly tries to divert the population from real agenda. The NRC is a desperate attempt to cover the economic slowdown. The Muslims who stayed back during Partition are the real patriots and no one can drive them away from the country. This is a democracy, the despots will be one day driven away.”
Huzaifa Rashid Gen Secretary from AMUSU also condemned NRC and the communal anti-constitutional CAB and vouched to fight against it.
It is to be noted that on Wednesday Citizenship Amendment Bill was cleared by Union cabinet. And the bill is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Monday.