While the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protesters have urged the nation to meet the Union home minister Amit Shah at 2 pm, the BJP has hit back saying a prior appointment is required to meet the home minister and also termed it a ‘political stunt’
Bengaluru: As Shaheen Bagh protesters have given a clarion call to the nation to meet Union home minister Amit Shah at 2 pm, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao has hit out at them, saying it is mere political stunt.
"Home Minister Amit Shah stated that he is willing to meet any public representative, civil society, but with a prior appointment. He has said he is ready to clarify CAA and its implications within 3 days (of seeking an appointment). But the protestors want to indulge in a political stunt. You will not be allowed to do what you are doing in Shaheen Bagh - sitting in protest without due permission. Any attempt to forcibly meet Home Minister will not happen," he added.
It is interesting to note that Amit Shah had agreed to meet protesters but had added that they should take permission from his office.
He had said, “I want to say that they [Shaheen Bagh protestors] should ask for time from my office. Within three days I will give time. I have said anyone I will meet, but nobody wants to discuss it. A discussion will have to be done on merits.”
The protests at Shaheen Bagh have been going for since the second week of December.
Though touted to be against the CAA, the protests have seen massive sloganeering against Hindus, seeking freedom from them and even seeking Jinnah-wali Azadi.
The protests have also seen Sharjeel Imam urging them to cut off Assam from the rest of India. Presently, he is in police custody.
The CAA grants citizenship rights to around 32000 people (persecuted minorities) from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have been residing in India hitherto December 31, 2014.
Both the PM and the Union home minister have made it amply clear that that law doesn’t snatch rights from anyone, but only gives it to the persecuted communities.
However, protests have been going on.
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Last Updated Feb 16, 2020, 12:06 PM IST