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Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Centre Responds to Global Concerns, Says 'Assured Countries CAA, NRC Won't Hamper Constitution'

News18.com | January 2, 2020, 8:29 PM IST
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Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: India has reached out to countries across the world on the issues of the new citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens, the ministry of external affairs said on Thursday. "We did reach out to countries across the globe on Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC," MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

"We emphasised that the Act (CAA) just expedites acquiring of citizenship to persecuted minorities. It does not change basic structure of Constitution," he said. On when the India-Japan summit, which was postponed following protests in Guwahati last month, will be held, Kumar said the dates for it will be finalised soon.
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Jan 2, 2020 8:29 pm (IST)

The Allahabad High Court reserved order on a PIL against police action during an anti-CAA protest at Aligarh Muslim University on December 15. The Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Vivek Varma reserved judgment will pronounce its judgment on January 7. On December 15, students gathered at Maulana Azad Library and marched up to the university gate, where police tried to provoke them, the petitioner said. "After some time, police started firing tear gas shells at students and they were canecharged," the petitioner alleged, adding that around 100 students were injured due to it.

Jan 2, 2020 6:26 pm (IST)

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia and several artists painted the streets outside the University, in protest against the CAA and the NRC:

Jan 2, 2020 6:02 pm (IST)

Guj CM on CAA | Justifying the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said it was India's responsibility to take in the persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries. "The Congress always indulges in vote-bank politics. Why is the party opposing CAA? This is a conspiracy by the Congress and other opposition parties to incite people to commit violence," the chief minister said.

Jan 2, 2020 5:14 pm (IST)

"They can cancel the tableau of Bengal in Delhi but Bengal will cancel NRC and CAA in Bengal," says TMC leader Madan Mitra on Cetre's cancellation of West Bengal's Republic day parade tableau in Delhi.

Jan 2, 2020 5:09 pm (IST)

IIT-Kanpur has formed a committee to inquire into a complaint against the recitation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's noted poem 'Hum Dekhenge' on campus by students to express solidarity with their peers at Jamia Millia Islamia, the institute's deputy director Manindra Agarwal said. He said a "very peaceful protest" was held on December 17 by about 300 students as they were not allowed to go out due to enforcement of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in the city. A  complaint was filed by Dr Vashimant Sharma, a temporary faculty member, and 16 others, including faculty members and students. "The video suggests that the poem also provokes anti-Hindu sentiments," the complaint stated.

Jan 2, 2020 4:14 pm (IST)

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says that the law doesn't alter basic structure of the Indian Constitutio. He adds that the CAA & NRC are internal processes and the CAA provides expedited consideration for citizenship to persecuted minorities from 3 countries. He says missions around the world have also been asked to inform host countries that the CAA doesn't affect opportunities for other communities to seek citizenship and that it doesn't seek to strip anyone of Indian citizenship.

Jan 2, 2020 4:12 pm (IST)

MEA on CAA & NRC | Ministry of Externa Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says, "We have reached out to countries globally on the issue (of CAA and NRC)  and told them it is an ongoing internal process which is not going to hamper the constitution in any way."

Jan 2, 2020 4:02 pm (IST)

A Delhi court extends judicial custody of 14 accused in the Seelampur case till January 16. Two of the accused in the case were granted interim bail on medical ground earlier.

Jan 2, 2020 4:00 pm (IST)

Anti-CAA protesters in Assam's Nalbari district hang effigy of CM Sarbananda Sonowal, a day after he made an emotional appeal requesting people to trust him.

Jan 2, 2020 2:54 pm (IST)

Two days after the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said the move had no constitutional or legal validity as citizenship was a central subject. Read full report here

Jan 2, 2020 2:48 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the opposition for rallying against the amended citizenship act and said that protests should be held against the excesses of Pakistan. He said India must help the persecuted minorities of the neighbouring countries. Speaking at an event in Karnataka he accused the Congress of speaking Pakistan's language.  "Those who are protesting should know that need of the hour is to go against Pakistan. if you want to protest, it should be against Pakistan for atrocities against minorities," he said. 

Jan 2, 2020 2:38 pm (IST)

Goa BJP Leader's 'Urban Naxal' Jibe on CAA Protesters | Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar on Thursday compared the parties opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act to "urban naxals". Hitting out at the Congress and various other parties criticising the new law, he said they were protesting against it just "for the sake of opposing". Urban naxals is a term used to describe city-based supporters working in alleged front organisations of proscribed Maoist outfits.

Jan 2, 2020 1:34 pm (IST)

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday hit out at the BJP-led government at the Centre over the rejection of West Bengal's tableau proposal for Republic Day parade, saying it insulted the people of the state for protesting the amended Citizenship Act. read full report here

Jan 2, 2020 1:18 pm (IST)

Four Goa Congress leaders have resigned from the party to protest against the party's stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. Panaji Congress block committee president Prasad Amonkar, North Goa minority cell chief Javed Sheikh, block committee secretary Dinesh Kubal and former youth leader Shivraj Tarkar, after quitting the party, said they were in favour of the amended citizenship law. Talking to reporters here, Amonkar accused the
Congress of trying to "mislead the public, specially minorities," on the new citizenship law.

Jan 2, 2020 12:21 pm (IST)

56 People Granted Bail in UP | A court in Uttar Pradesh has granted bail to the activist parents of a 14-month-old baby and 56 others nearly two weeks after they were arrested for protests against the citizenship bill and NRC in Varanasi. Additional Sessions Judge on Wednesday granted bail to Ekta (32) and Ravi Shekhar (36), an environment activist who runs an NGO named Climate Agenda. Fifty-nine people were arrested, including the two, during police action on protesters in the city on December 19. 

Jan 2, 2020 11:56 am (IST)

The DMK has sought a resolution in Tamil Nadu Assembly against the amended citizenship law which has triggered massive protests across the country. This comes after the Kerala Assembly passed a similar resolution. 

Jan 2, 2020 11:45 am (IST)

TMC Says Rejection of Bengal Tableau Result of Anti-CAA Stir | The Trinamool Congress has hit out at the BJP-led government at the Centre over the rejection of West Bengal's tableau proposal for Republic Day parade, saying it insulted the people of the state for protesting the amended Citizenship Act. The state BJP was quick to hit back and accused the TMC government of not properly following rules and procedure which it said caused the rejection.

Jan 2, 2020 11:28 am (IST)

Anti-CAA Protests Buzz New Year Celebrations | Amid new year celebrations, protests against the amended citizenship law continued in various parts of Delhi including at Shaheen Bagh, Jamia university and the India Gate where agitators sang legendary poet Faiz Ahamed Faiz's 'Hum Dekhenge' and pledged to "defend the Constitution". At the Jamia Millia Islamia, which has become the epicentre of the protests in Delhi against the amended citizenship law, scores of students and civil society members carrying the tricolour and banners squatted on one carriageway of the road outside the university.

Jan 2, 2020 11:25 am (IST)

 A woman anti-CAA protester in Chennai has come under the scanner of the police after her social media profile shed light on her role as a researcher with a Pakistan body, a top official said on Wednesday. A probe would be carried out to ascertain whether the woman, Gayatri Khandhadai, has links to Pakistan-based "Bytes for All", Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan said. Police sources said that the woman protester has been a part of a slew of agitations held in the city against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and was also associated with the 'kolam,' demonstrations. She was present at the Madras University premises as well when the students there protested against the citizenship law last month, they said.

Jan 2, 2020 11:14 am (IST)

Activist Couple Reunited With Toddler after 2 Weeks | A 14-month-old toddler in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, who was left without her activist parents for over two weeks after they were arrested and jailed for attending a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), has finally been reunited with them. Activist couple Ekta and Ravi Shekhar, who were among the more than 60 persons arrested during protests against the law in Varanasi on December 19, were granted bail on Wednesday. Read full story here

Jan 2, 2020 11:09 am (IST)

UP Govt Sets Up Panel to Review Cases | The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to review cases against 1,200 people who have been put behind the bars for their alleged involvement in anti-citizenship law protests and the ensuing violence. The development comes after four people were found to be mistakenly jailed in Muzaffarnagar.

Jan 2, 2020 11:07 am (IST)

Habib and some other delegates had protested after the Governor started quoting Maulana Azad while speaking on the citizneship law protests. Khan said Habib got up from his seat and tried to stop him from addressing the issue. The historian also asked him to quote Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse instead of leaders like Azad or Gandhi.

Jan 2, 2020 11:05 am (IST)

Kerala Guv Reacts to Assembly's Resolution  | After the Kerala Assembly passed the resolution against the amended citizenship law,  Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said the  resolution has no legal or constitutional validity because citizenship is exclusively a central subject. Khan on Saturday faced unprecedented protests from some delegates, including noted historian Irfan Habib, during his speech at the Indian History Congress (IHC) in Kannur.

Citizenship Act Protests LIVE: Centre Responds to Global Concerns, Says 'Assured Countries CAA, NRC Won't Hamper Constitution'
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar addresses the press in Delhi. (File photo: Reuters)

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan today said the state assembly’s resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act had no legal or constitutional validity as citizenship is exclusively a central subject. “This actually means nothing,” Khan said, two days after the assembly asked the Centre to cancel the contentious legislation that has triggered countrywide protests. The resolution was supported by all the MLAs except BJP's O Rajagopal.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too said Parliament alone has got powers to pass any law regarding citizenship and not a state legislatures, "including Kerala assembly”. Recalling that late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had provided citizenship to minorities from Uganda and Sri Lankan Tamils, respectively, he wondered why was it ok if Congress did so and "it is a problem" when Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah did the same.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to review cases against 1,200 people who have been put behind the bars for their alleged involvement in anti-citizenship law protests and the ensuing violence. The development comes after four people were found to be mistakenly jailed in Muzaffarnagar.

The Director General of Police OP Singh had given orders to constitute a Special Investigation Team to probe the FIRs registered for the violence that erupted during the anti-citizenship law protests. This was done to ensure that no innocent person is sent to jail and those arrested mistakenly are released.

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