New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led union government in the backdrop of the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said that “brute force" was being used to suppress voices of dissent. Gandhi’s comments came in a video message released by Congress’ on its official Twitter handle.
“Congress expresses its deep anguish and concern over the brute repression unleashed by BJP government against students, youth and citizen across the country. In a democracy, people have a right to raise their voice against wrong decisions and policies of the government and register their concerns. Equally, it is the duty of the government to listen to the citizens and address their concerns," Gandhi said in a two-and-a-half minute video message.
“BJP government has shown utter disregard for the people’s voices and chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent. This is unacceptable in a democracy. Congress party condemns action by BJP government and expresses solidarity with students and citizens of India in their struggle," she added.
Pan-India protests, led by students in most parts, have broken out in the last one week over the passage of the CAA which aims to provide citizenship to those who had been forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries, primarily Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Critics and protesters feel the bill, particularly in conjunction with the proposed nationwide National Registry of Citizens (NRC), is discriminatory to Muslims.
“CAA is discriminatory and the proposed nationwide NRC will particularly hurt the poor and vulnerable. Like at the time of notebandi (demonetization), they will have to stand in line to prove their and their ancestor’s citizenship," she added.