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Citizenship Act protests Highlights: Congress denies seeking interim stay on CAA

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Today Highlights: The new law grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014. It has become controversial largely because it excludes Muslims.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2019 10:40:20 pm
Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Today Highlights: The Congress on Wednesday denied seeking an interim stay by the Supreme Court on the Citizenship Amendment act and said the Act was a “clear violation of the right to equality as prescribed in the Constitution”. Alleging “misinformation” being spread about it, the party asserted that the legislation goes against India’s global obligations. The reaction came after the Supreme Court earlier in the day decided to examine the constitutional validity of the CAA, but refused to stay its implementation.

Expressing solidarity with the protesting students of Madras University against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan Wednesday visited the varsity premises and assured them that he would continue to raise their voices.  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today, leading a rally against the amended Citizenship Act, urged Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure the “country does not burn over the citizenship law”.

The new law grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014. It has become controversial largely because it excludes Muslims. Petitioners have argued that the act is unconstitutional in that it classifies immigrants on the basis of religion.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets for the third consecutive day against the amended citizenship law and NRC. Follow Highlights here

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    21:47 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Karnataka: Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Kalaburgi from tomorrow till December 21

    "Prohibitory orders under Section 144 imposed in Karnataka's Bengaluru for the next three days, starting from 6 am Thursday till December 21", Bhaskar Rao Bengaluru Police commissioner said. Section 144 has also been imposed in Mysuru and Kalaburagi. Read more

    20:43 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    'CAA is a clear violation of the right to equality': Congress

    "This Act is a clear violation of the right to equality described in the Constitution. There is no provision to find out the harassment and it is selective. The strange thing is that the word 'torture' does not exist in the Act and there is no mention of it. It is limited to statements only. The Torture Convention, which provides for giving shelter to the oppressed people, has been signed by India," Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi said.

    20:38 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Those speaking 'Pak's language' instigating protestors: Yogi Adityanath

    The controversy over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) figured prominently in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused "some people" of speaking "Pakistan's language" to instigate sections of society over the legislation. In a reference to protests over CAA, Adityanath claimed there is mischief going on to create disturbances and that the name of a political party and an MLA has surfaced in the case of violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi. Meanwhile, in Azamgarh where internet services have been disrupted for 48 hours, the protest turned violent today.

    20:34 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Supriya Sule joins SPPU protest against CAA
    19:41 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Haryana: Hundreds of people held a protest against CAA in Mewat today noon
    19:34 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Congress denies seeking interim stay on CAA, 'misinformation' being spread on SC order

    The Congress on Wednesday said the party did not seek an interim stay by the Supreme Court on the amended Citizenship Act and alleged "misinformation" was being spread about it, while asserting that the legislation goes against India's global obligations. The reaction came after the Supreme Court earlier in the day decided to examine the constitutional validity of the CAA, but refused to stay its implementation. Party leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jairam Ramesh told a press conference here that in its petition against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Congress did not seek an interim stay on the legislation.

    19:14 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Gujarat govt will definitely implement CAA, NRC: CM Rupani

    The BJP government in Gujarat will "definitely implement" the proposed National Register of Citizens (NCC) and the new citizenship law, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Wednesday. He blamed the Congress and other Opposition parties for raging protests in some states of the country against the law and the proposed NRC. The chief minister said all states are "bound to implement both NRC and CAA, and "Gujarat will definitely implement them".

    18:53 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Kanhaiya joins students in Jamia, says NRC 'much more dangerous' than CAA

    Former JNU student's union president and CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar joined the protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamia on Wednesday and said the demonstration was not just a fight to protect Muslims, but to protect the entire country. Addressing a large gathering of protesters outside the university's gate number 7, Kumar said the National Register of Citizens was "much more dangerous" than the amended Citizenship Act and it should be protested "tooth and nail". However, the protest should not veer off the path of peace," he said. "We must ensure we remain in our senses while trying to maintain the same level of energy."  (PTI)

    18:44 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    West Bengal: Police arrest 2 BJP MPs during their visit to violence-hit Malda

    BJP MPs Nishith Pramanik and Khagen Murmu were arrested on Wednesday after police stopped two delegations led by senior party leaders who were on their way to visit violence hit-areas of Malda and Murshidabad districts, PTI quoted officials as saying. BJP National General Secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, who was part of the delegation, was heckled by goons. "On my way to Murshidabad, many goons surrounded our car in Navagaon. I'm not allowed to go to a programme that I had to attend. There is an attempt to stop us, on directions of Mamata Banerjee. I condemn this," he told ANI.

    18:39 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    NRC, CAA are "mischief" of Congress, BJP, says Kumaraswamy

    Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy alleged on Wednesday the BJP government at the Centre was targeting a community for vote bank politics through the NRC and CAA and destroying the "legacy of secularism" in the country. He also blamed the Congress for being part of "the mischief". "They are targeting one community to mobilise the other community. This is the mischief," the JD(S) leader, son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, told reporters. (PTI)

    18:31 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    In Pics | Supriya Sule at Pune University to flag off torch march to oppose CAA

    Meanwhile, NCP leader Supriya Sule reached Pune University to fag off a torch march to oppose CAA.

    18:27 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    I've come here to lend my face as podium, vocal cords as microphone for protesting students: Kamal Haasan

    Asserting that voices cannot be silenced, Haasan said: "I have come here to lend my face as their podium and my vocal cords as their microphone. Till I die, I will call myself a student. I have come here in that capacity to be their defender. Now that I have started a party, It has become my bonded duty to be here and voice. You cannot silence the voices across the country."

    18:22 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    'All those who believe in Constitution, won't allow implementation of this black Act': Digvijaya Singh

    On the Citizenship Amendment Act, Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh while speaking in Bhopal, said, "All those people who believe in the Constitution of India will never allow the implementation of this black Act."

    17:53 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Kamal Haasan meets protesting Madras University students

    Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Wednesday visited the Madras University premises in Chennai and expressed solidarity with students protesting against the Citizenship Amedment Act. Haasan was, however, not allowed to enter the main campus and spoke to the agitating students from behind the main gate of the university, opposite the Marina Beach. "I am not allowed to go inside. Till I die, I will call myself a student, I have come here in that capacity to be their defender. I will keep voicing whether or not I have started a party and now that I have started a party it becomes my duty to be here," Haasan said.

    17:35 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    'Students have hit the roads, facing police batons': Priyanka Gandhi on CAA stir

    Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise has failed in Assam, she said the government has now brought the amended Citizenship Act which is facing the ire of students. "Students have hit the roads in the country and are facing police batons," she said while addressing a poll rally here. Read more

    17:21 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Naveen Patnaik supports CAA, opposes NRC

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday made a statement explaining why the BJD supported the Citizenship Amendment Act while making it clear that the party is not in favour of the all-India exercise of the National Register of Citizen. The CM addressed journalists from his residence, Naveen Niwas, in Bhubaneswar. “The CAA has nothing to do with Indian citizens. It only deals with foreigners. BJD MPs in Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha have made it clear that we do not support the NRC. We appeal to our citizens, let peace prevail and not to indulge in rumour-mongering.” 

    17:19 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Mangaluru top cop asks people to obey law, seek prior permission

    Warning against holding protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without permission, Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha on Wednesday urged people and organisations to express their opinions on the issue within the boundaries of law and order.

    16:28 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    DCP North East Delhi organises flag march after yesterday's Seelampur protests over CAA

    A flag-march was organised by JCP Eastern and DCP North East Delhi in three areas in the district after protests engulfed Seelampur area over the contentious Citizenship law.

    16:22 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    No threat to citizenship of any Indian Muslim or any other citizen under CAA: Naqvi

    Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday that there is no "question mark" on or threat to citizenship of any Indian Muslim or any other citizen due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. "CAA is to provide citizenship and not to take away citizenship of any person," he said at an event here. (PTI)

    15:47 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Pay heed to calls against CAA, NRC against Constitution: DMK

    A meeting of DMK and its allies, including the Left parties, here on Wednesday demanded the Centre to immediately rescind the amendment to the Citizenship Act and slammed the proposed nation-wide National Register of Citizens as "antithetical," to the Constitution. A resolution adopted at the meet alleged the amendment had a "dimension of religion and race" and "ignored Eelam Tamils", and urged the Centre to immediately withdraw it based on good faith and to ensure peace. 

    15:27 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Delhi HC judge transfers petition on CAA protests at Jamia to Chief Justice bench

    A Delhi High Court judge Wednesday transferred a plea seeking direction for the release of students and residents of Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University who were detained by police and paramilitary forces during the CAA protest, to the Chief Justice. Justice Vibhu Bakhru sent the matter before Chief Justice D N Patel after the court was informed by the Centre's counsel regarding the Supreme Court's order on Tuesday which said, cases related to CAA stir would be heard by Chief Justices of the respective high courts. 

    The Delhi HC also refrained from granting interim protection to the two women students, apprehending coercive action in connection with the protest against the amended Citizenship act at Jamia Millia Islamia University. 

    15:15 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    CAA stir: Prakash Javadekar asks students to maintain peace, says Act not to snatch citizenship

    Amid countrywide protests against the amended Citizenship Act, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday appealed to the students to maintain peace and said the new legislation will not snatch any Indian's citizenship. Javadekar said students do not need to be scared of the new law as it is meant to give citizenship and not take it away from anyone. "Only infiltrators should be scared. The 130 crore population of the country need not be worried. "Our government is sensitive and listens to everyone. Students should put their views forward in a peaceful manner. I appeal to everyone to maintain peace and calm," the minister told media. (PTI)

    14:57 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    'BJP wants to turn entire country into detention centre, bringing disaster for everyone': Mamata

    Leading a rally for the third consecutive day, to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urged Amit Shah to ensure the "country does not burn over the citizenship law." Claiming that the Home Minister's job was to douse the fire, Banerjee appealed to Shah to take care of the country and "control his party cadres".

    "BJP wants to turn the entire country into a detention centre, but we will not let that happen. BJP says 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' but in reality, they are bringing disaster for everyone," Banerjee asserted. 

    14:33 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    BJD won't support NRC in Odisha, says Naveen Patnaik

    Odisha CM: Citizenship Amendment Act has nothing to do with Indian citizens, it only deals with the foreigners. BJD MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had made it clear that we don't support NRC, I appeal to citizens to let peace prevail and not to indulge in rumour mongering.

    14:05 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Urdu author Mujtaba Hussain to return Padma Shri Award

    Urdu author Mujtaba Hussain to return Padma Shri Award, says, "Our democracy is being shattered. There is no system prevailing now, someone is being administered oath at 7am in the morning, govts are being made during the night, there is an atmosphere of fear in the country".

    13:25 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Mamata holds third rally against Citizenship Act

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit the streets for the third consecutive day against the amended citizenship law and NRC. TMC supremo Banerjee, along with her party colleagues, began a protest march from Howrah Maidan which will culminate at Dorina Crossing at Esplanade in the heart of Kolkata."We will never allow NRC and the amended Citizenship Act in Bengal.

    No one will be asked to leave the state. We believe in the coexistence of all religions, castes and creed. All of us are citizens of this country, no one can take that away from us," she said before commencing the march. (PTI)

    13:19 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    JD(U) opposes CAA, NRC

    HD Kumaraswamy, Janata Dal (Secular) in Bengaluru: Our party opposes both Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

    13:11 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Protest should be peaceful, within parameters of Constitution: Kejriwal

    I am very concerned about the situation in Delhi. We want peace to prevail. Everyone has the right to protest, but protests should be peaceful and stay within the parameters of the Constitution. No one can be allowed to indulge in violence

    13:07 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Anti-CAA stir: Bengal, Assam peaceful, Mamata to hold rally

    No fresh incident of violence over the amended citizenship law has been reported in West Bengal and Assam on Wednesday so far, officials said.

    A senior police officer and two other personnel were injured when a group of agitators hurled crude bombs at them in Sankrail area of Howrah district in West Bengal on Tuesday night.

    Howrah City Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Ajeet Singh Yadav was injured in both his legs after he was hit by splinters but was discharged from hospital after medical aid. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to lead a protest march against the new citizenship law from Howrah Maidan to Dorina Crossing in Esplanade area in the heart of Kolkata on Wednesday.

    She has already held two protest marches in north and south Kolkata on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

    (PTI)

    12:54 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Everyone knows who instigates riots: Kejriwal

    "Sab jante hai is desh mai dange kaun karwate hai (everyone knows who instigate riots in this country)," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today. "An attempt is being made to drag AAP's name in the recent incidents. Why will AAP do this? How will we be benefit? We all should maintain peace. Only those who are fearing defeat in the upcoming elections are inciting riots," he further said.

    12:48 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Oppn trying to spread violence ahead of polls: Delhi CM on CAA protests

    The Opposition is deliberately trying to spread violence in Delhi, after having realized that the AAP was on course for a big win in the next assembly polls, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

    12:25 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Din in Maha Assembly over amended Citizenship Act

    The Maharashtra Assembly witnessed din on Wednesday when the opposition BJP objected to a Congress leader's comments that the amended Citizenship Act should not be implemented in the state.

    After the House assembled for the day, senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan dubbed the new citizenship law as "unconstitutional" and said it should not be implemented in the state. However, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis
    objected to Chavan's demand.

    "Both the Houses of Parliament have passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). This (state) government can't decide not to implement it," he said.

    12:10 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    SC asks Centre, to consider using audio-visual medium about CAA

    The Supreme Court asked Attorney General, representing Centre, to consider using audio-visual medium to make citizens aware about CAA. 

    11:49 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Chennai: Security beefed up around Madras University; two detained students released

    Security was heightened around Madras University Wednesday as at least 60 students continued their protest against the citizenship act. Police personnel, who had entered the campus last night, stopped several students who reached the Marina campus this morning to join the protest. Journalists were stopped at the gate as well.

    11:47 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    No stay of Citizenship Act yet

    There is no stay of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Some of the petitioners told the Supreme Court Bench also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant that the question of stay does not arise as the rules are yet to be framed

    11:29 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Publish details of CAA in media for clarity: SC asks Centre

    The Supreme Court also orally instructed Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, to ask the government to publish details of the Act in the media so that people can get to know what exactly it is. The court said this after a request by SC lawyer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay who said people were confused about the Act.

    11:18 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    SC issues notice to Centre over CAA

    The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a batch of pleas challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

    11:15 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    SC begins hearing petitions challenging CAA

    A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A Bobde has begun hearing petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    11:13 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah no less than General Dyer: NCP MP

    Nawab Malik, NCP on CAA: The way General Dyer fired at the people in Jallianwala Bagh, Amit Shah is firing at citizens of the country in the same way. Amit Shah is no less than Dyer. What Uddhav ji said ("What happened at Jamia Millia Islamia, is like Jallianwala Bagh") is correct.

    11:11 (IST)18 Dec 2019
    Tamil Nadu: All party meeting commences at DMK HQ

    An all party meeting over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act begins at the DMK headquarters in Chennai. The meeting is being chaired by DMK President MK Stalin, reported ANI.

    Amid protests against the new citizenship law, leaders of 12 Opposition parties led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday and requested him to intervene and advise the government to immediately repeal the Act.

    Arguing that the “unconstitutional” and “divisive” Act was passed with “undue haste”, they told the President that the “widespread protests” echo the “fear” that has spread among people.

    On Tuesday, a bench of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant turned down the request to constitute a committee to look into incidents that have occurred in various states in protests against the CAA. Appearing for one of the petitioners, senior advocate Indira Jaising urged the court to order the police not to arrest any student until the petitions are filed in respective High Courts.

    Hearing a group of lawyers who wanted the court to take cognizance of the alleged police excesses on students protesting against the new citizenship law at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), the Supreme Court on Monday expressed displeasure over the “rioting” and “destruction of public property”, and said it would hear the matter only if the “rioting” stops. A day later, the apex court asked petitioners who sought inquiry into alleged police excesses in Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU to approach respective High Courts in their states.

    Calling for an “end to rioting”, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde warned protesters that “if you want to take to the streets, do that, but don’t come to court”.

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