New Delhi: In her address to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday, party president Sonia Gandhi said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is a “discriminatory and divisive” law whose “sinister” purpose is to divide people on religious lines, and asserted that the National Population Register (NPR) in form and content was “disguised NRC”.”The CAA is a discriminatory and divisive law. The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines,” she said in her opening remarks.She also spoke about the protests across the country, saying that thousands of young men and women, especially students, have realized the “grave harm” that implementation of the new Citizenship law will cause.
“The situation in some states is alarming, turning the states into police states, notably in Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Delhi. We are appalled by the police excesses and use of brute force in many towns of UP, in Jamia Millia, in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University, Delhi University, Gujarat University, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru,” Ms Gandhi said.Taking a strong stand on the violence against students in the universities, the CWC said, “Modi Government has unleashed the entire might of the brute State power to suppress, subjugate and stifle the voice of the youth and students across the country. Prime Minister and the BJP Government have betrayed the trust of the youth.”
“Instead of listening to the students, the only response of the BJP government has been to unleash police lathi charge, tear gas shells, forcible arrests, lodging of FIRs and even planned attacks on the protesting students and the youth,” it added.In her opening remarks at the meeting, Sonia Gandhi said the National Population Register (NPR) exercise was a disguised attempt at implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to stoke religious tensions in Indian society.
“At first, the government thought that the NRC exercise could be carried out throughout the country. After the disastrous results of the Assam NRC, the government has hit upon the idea of NPR. Let us not be under any illusion that the NPR is a benign exercise. In form and content, NPR 2020 is a disguised NRC,” she said.Calling the CAA a discriminatory and divisive law, Gandhi said, “The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines.”