Hyderabad: Wearing black bands on their arms, people from various walks of life assembled at the Sundarayya Kala Vignana Kendram in the city on Thursday and demanded that the Centre revoke the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Protesters have against the CAA have shown firm resolve in opposing the legislation but the Centre was not bothered. The organisers said they would continue their peaceful fight and work to further increase the awareness about the impact of the CAA and the ‘strategic’ non-inclusion of one religion in the legislation. It was said that the effect of the CAA would be slowly understood as people without proper documentation would get affected.
“The BJP government in order to divert people's attention from the problems of economic slowdown, unemployment and poverty is following a divide and rule policy which is why it introduced the CAA, NRC and NPR,” said activist Medha Patekar at the convention against CAA.
She added that the democratic nature of the country was getting disturbed. Students who are fighting democratically are being targeted in the Jawaharlal Nehru University and are being brutally beaten up by “religious fanatics” which is very unfortunate.
It’s not just the Muslims, a majority of the people from poor financial backgrounds would also get affected if the NRC gets implemented. The implementation of NRC has failed in Assam, still there is talk of extending the exercise to the entire country. The CAA should be immediately revoked, demanded former High Court judge Justice B. Chandrakumar.“There is a civil war going on in the country, the BJP and the RSS have an agenda to change the Constitution and they are now implementing it,” former Osmania University professor P.L. Vishveshwar Rao said. “They are not bothered about the rest of the problems which are plaguing the country, but only about endangering the identity of the people.””
Hundreds of senior citizens, students and social activists attended the meeting.