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PM Modi on CAA: ‘Despite pressure, we stand by our decision’

Widespread protests, largely led by women, against the amended law which grants citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have cropped up in the last two months.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2020 8:08:29 pm
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on CAA and NRC Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the closing ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul at Jangamwadi Math in Varanasi, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (PTI)

Amidst the ongoing nationwide protest against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reiterated that his government stands by the decision “despite all pressure”.

“For years, India had been waiting for decisions like repealing Article 370 and the introduction of CAA. These decisions were necessary in the interest of the country. Despite all the pressure, we stood our ground over these decisions and will remain so,” Modi said while addressing a public meeting in Varanasi.

Modi, who is on a day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, laid the foundation of 50 projects worth Rs 1,254 crore, news agency PTI reported. He also flagged off the IRCTC’s ‘Maha Kaal Express’ through video link.

The prime minister also dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre and unveiled a 63-feet tall statue of the RSS ideologue – the tallest statue of the leader in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s carcade passes through the Lanka area for the Jangamwadi Math, in Varanasi, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (PTI)

The prime minister also dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre and unveiled a 63-feet tall statue of the RSS ideologue – the tallest statue of the leader in the country.

Earlier this month, PM Modi, while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, had called the CAA protests “a road to anarchy” and that “protest marches, violence, and arson” against a law duly passed and notified by Parliament will “create a problem for the country”.

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He had also targeted the Opposition saying they are building narratives keeping only the vote bank in mind.

Widespread protests, largely led by women, against the amended law which grants citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have cropped up in the last two months. The law has become controversial largely because it excludes Muslims.

Several opposition ruled states across have also raised their concern against the CAA and said they will not implement the new citizenship law.

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