On Saturday, Congress President Sonia Gandhi termed the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) a “discriminatory and divisive” law whose purpose was to divide people on religious lines, and said that the National Population Register (NPR) in form and content was “disguised NRC (National Register of Citizens)”
While addressing the Congress Working Committee meet or CWC, in Delhi, Sonia Gandhi said that the amended Citizenship Act is a divisive law which aims to divide people on religious lines.
“The Citizenship Amendment Act that was passed, amidst strong protest, in the winter session of Parliament, is a big issue before us. The CAA is a discriminatory and divisive law. The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines,” Sonia Gandhi said during the meet.
She also spoke about the protests across the country, saying that thousands of young men and women, especially students, have realized grave harm hat implementation of the new Citizenship law will cause.
“Thousands of young men and women, especially students, have realized the grave harm the CAA implementation will cause. They have taken to the streets braving the cold as well as the police brutalities. I salute their courage, their abiding faith in the values of the Constitution of India, and their determination to defend and protect those values. We are inspired by their struggle,” Sonia Gandhi said.
Ms Gandhi also hit out at the government over the state of the economy and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is a matter of anguish and concern that the people in Jammu and Kashmir continue to be denied their fundamental rights while the Government makes farcical claims of normalcy and arranges guided tours of diplomats,” she said.
While Rahul Gandhi was not present at Saturday’s CWC meeting, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and top leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni and KC Venugopal attended the meet.
The party demanded immediate withdrawal of the CAA and stopping the process of the NPR.