A delegation of all Opposition parties, led by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, on Tuesday met President Ram Nath Kovind to express concern over the violent incidents across the country following the passage of the new the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Leader of various Opposition parties, which met the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday evening, called for the intervention by the President on the matter and demanded the repeal of the new Act.
Talking to reporters after meeting the President, Ms Gandhi termed the situation in the country after the implementation of the act as ‘ very serious’. She said the agitation against the Act in the Northeast is now spreading throughout country.‘This is a serious situation. We fear that it may spread even further,’she said.
Expressing concern on the police action against peaceful protesters in Jamia Millia Islamia who were agitating against the CAA, she said,’We are anguished at the manner in which police dealt with peaceful demonstrations.’According to sources, during their meeting the Opposition leaders discussed the situation in the country arising from the implementation of CAA and sought Mr Kovind’s intervention.
The delegation included leaders from the Congress, the Left, RJD, Samajwadi party, All India Trinamool Congress and DMK.Prominent leaders who were part of the delegation included A K Antony, Kapil Sibal , Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Manoj Jha of the RJD, Derek O’Brien from All India Trinamool Congress , TR Baalu (DMK), Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi party and D Raja (CPI).The opposition has expressed concern on the violent agitation across the country against the CAA.
After recent protests at Jamia Millia Islamia, a violent protest broke out on Tuesday in Seelampur area in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA),
Speaking to reporters , the Congress president said,’’I think you all have seen that Modi government seems to have no compassion when it comes to shutting down people’s voices and implement legislation.’’
Addressing reporters, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said,’’without being concerned about the people of the nation, they formulated this bill. Citizenship Amendment Act was passed without considering how the people will react or what they want.’’ Demanding a repeal of the Bill, Derek O’Brien of the AITC said,’’we have requested the President to advice the government to withdraw this diabolical, divisive Act.’’
Speaking on the issue, D Raja of the CPi said,’’at this point of time when the whole country is in turmoil, the President should intervene...stop the brutal attacks on students, whether in Jamia or in any other university.’’“We requested President to repeal this bill,’’ Manoj Jha of RJD said. “We told the President that he cannot allow his government to violate the constitution,” Sitaram Yechury said. Sources said that during his meeting with the Opposiiton leaders, the President told them that he will take appropriate action.