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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday clarified that the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 and National Register of Citizens (NRC) do not affect the Muslims living in India for several generations.

Launching the election campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi, Modi said Congress party along with other opposition parties and urban naxals were instigating Muslims and there was an attempt to create fear in the minds of Muslims.

"Muslims of India who have lived in this country for several generations do not get affected by CC or NRC. It is a lie which is being spread by Congress and urban naxals that Muslims will be sent to detention centres . there are no detention centres in the country," said PM Modi at a public meeting in Delhi's Ramlila ground on Sunday.

Modi also clarified that bringing a nationwide NRC was not even discussed in Parliament or union cabinet and it was brought in Assam because of the directions of Supreme Court. "We have to identify the people who are spreading these lies. Congress has indulged in vote bank politics for decades. It is an attempt to divide the people of the country," added PM.

PM also appealed to the protesters that they should first read CAA to understand what the Act is about so that they do not get misguided by political parties that are spreading false information. Modi said that he would work for the unity, peace and harmony in the country and no one was working to divide the country.

The clarification by Modi has come more than a week after protests started in the country. Modi also said that protesters should remain nonviolent and not attack policemen who are doing their job and not to destroy public property. Modi said that 33000 policemen have sacrificed their lives since independence.

"Should we not respect our police who tries to help us whenever we are in need? Attacking policemen will only create problems for us. Police helps us when we need help the most and whenever we are in trouble," Modi added.

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