Thousands of Indians Welcome New Year With Spirit of Resistance

Thousands of Indians Welcome New Year With Spirit of Resistance

Cong dividing country on communal lines!..

Railways and commerce minister Piyush Goyal played host at the event that was meant to gather support for the contentious citizenship law. Reportedly, high profile names like Karan Johar, Kabir Khan, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Farhan Akhtar were invited but they failed to show up.

Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Subash Chopra lleged that the ruling BJP party is acrrying out the CAA, NRC and NPR to divert people's attention from pertaining issues such as inflation, unemployment and economic distress.

Some 500 to 600 people took part in the protest.

According to the CAA, folks of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who've come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as of 31 December 2014 resulting from spiritual persecution can be granted Indian citizenship.

But, if combined with a proposed national register of citizens, critics of the CAA fear it will discriminate against minority Muslims in India and chip away at India's secular constitution.

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Demonstrators shouted slogans against prime minister Narendra Modi's government.

Last October, Modi was seen in a selfie with Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, two of the most popular Bollywood actors, in an image that also created a lot of chatter on Twitter.

Prajakta Kuwalekar, one of the organisers of the protest, said, "Because some of the media is bent on describing the protests as Muslim protests, we decided people from all religions had to turn up".

Earlier during the day, while addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Shah said it (CAA) was the promise of Mahatma Gandhi that the Congress couldn't fulfil in 70 years.

Elsewhere, protests against the CAA also went ahead in several other Indian cities on Saturday with hundreds turning out for protests in cities in the southern state of Karnataka.

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