A day after he was released from Tihar Jail, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad Friday called for repealing the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act and said that it would be shameful if he does not raise his voice when the Prime Minister say ‘identify people from their clothes’.
“If I don’t raise my voice when PM says identity people from their clothes, it would be shameful. Insaniyat (humanity) is something that is greater than caste and religion,” Azad said while addressing a press conference. He also said that if someone is discriminating on the behalf of religion, they are disrespecting the Constitution of the country.
Holding the Constitution in hand, Azad said, “I cannot go against the Constitution. I respect PM because he is in a constitutional position. I urge him to honour the Indian Constitution. Shri Modiji says I am the servant of the people, but he is not seeing the troubles taken by women in Shaheenbagh.”
Speaking on the violence that took place at Jamia Milia Islamia University on December 15, the Bhim Army chief said, “In a country where women are revered, girls were being beaten up at Jamia. It is wrong”.
“I am ready to give my blood for the test to Modi. Let Modiji also give his. Let it go for a test and see who is Bharatiya,” he added.
Terming the CAA as a “black law”, Azad said the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) could be “a political agenda”. “They (BJP) have fewer numbers in the Rajya Sabha. This could be to increase it. But for us, it’s not politics. It’s about the Constitution and the rights of the people,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Azad had gathered with his supporters outside Jama Masjid in the national capital to continue his protest against the contentious Act. “This (anti CAA) movement is for the future of this country, for our identity and to uphold the Constitution. It is our responsibility to strengthen it,” he had told the crowd.
Azad added that it was the fundamental duty of citizens to protect the Constitution and also urged people to carry out peaceful protests against citizenship law.
The Bhim Army chief will also visit the Karbala at Jor Bagh and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara.
Last month, Azad was arrested by the Delhi Police after his outfit had organised a march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar against the amended Citizenship Act and was in judicial custody since December 21.
A Delhi court granted bail to the Bhim Army Chief Wednesday on the condition that he leave the national capital for the next four weeks.
The judge expressed concern about security in Delhi given elections are around the corner. “Azad has to mark his presence with SHO in Saharanpur every Saturday for the next 4 weeks. And then after that every last Saturday of every month till chargesheet filed,” ASJ Lau had said. The judge also said that Azad can not participate in dharnas for one month.
On Thursday, after his release, Azad made his way to the Shah-e-Mardan Dargah at Jor Bagh, where fireworks were lit to celebrate his release. Inside, he laid a sheet in respect. “We are against this dictatorial law and will oppose it till the end. What they are doing is unconstitutional, and we have every right to protest against it,” said Azad.
Followers and members of the Bhim Army, who gathered around the leader as he walked, said they would challenge the ban on Azad from entering Delhi for a month.
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