On Thursday, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth broke his silence over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and expressed concern over alleged violence in various parts of the country. He said violence and rioting cannot be a way to find a solution to any issue. Though the actor did not specify any incident, he said “the ongoing violence gives me great pain.”
“Violence and rioting should not become a way to find solution for any issue. I request the people of India to stay united and vigilant keeping in mind the nation’s security and welfare,” Rajinikanth said in a tweet.
“The ongoing violence gives me great pain,” Rajinikanth added.
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) December 19, 2019
Asking to bring an end to the violence, the actor’s statement got the attention of both the critics and the supporters on twitter.
His statement was criticised by many who are furious on his take on the issue as they considered it was an insult to the student community.
However, his supporters were quick to list out some examples of peaceful protests carried by the star himself earlier favouring his idea of peaceful protests.
The actor’s statement comes on a day when there were bouts of violence in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka during protests against the amended Citizenship Act, with two persons being killed in Mangaluru in police firing. In Lucknow, anti-CAA protesters allegedly hurled stones and in the Old City areas of the Uttar Pradesh capital and police used tear-gas shells to control the situation.
Meanwhile in most parts of the country, including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, where the actor actually resides, the protests were peaceful and non-violent. Thousands of residents gathered in these cities to stand against the controversial Act that was passed on December 11.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 seeks to grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.