Citizenship Act protests: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Monday said the Citizenship Act is an assault on the soul of India and each member of her party will fight Modi government which is turning dictatorial. Speaking at the India Gate, where Priyanka Gandhi sat on a dharna in solidarity with the students protesting against the Act, she said, “Students have a right to raise their voice. This country is theirs.” Police had used force against students of Jamia on Sunday after a protest against the amended law turned violent in which buses were set on fire.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata today and said she will continue her protests until the NRC and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are rolled back. Reading out an oath to thousands gathered, Mamata reiterated that she will not allow the NRC and Citizenship law in the state.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace and called the protests against citizenship law “unfortunate and deeply distressing.” “Debate, discussion, and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos,” he tweeted.