Anti-CAA Protests Across the Country

On the call of CPIML protests against the divisive and discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were held across the country on March 14. In Patna, a protest march was taken out by CPIML from JP Chowk to Budh Murti raising slogans against anti-people and unconstitutional CAA.

CPIML General Secretary, Dipankar Bhattacharya remembering and saluting the historic Shaheen Bagh movements in Delhi as well as across the country said that the Modi government wants to push this country into tyranny by destroying the democracy and constitution. CAA is brazenly anti-constitutional as it violates Article 14 of the constitution which prohibits any form of discrimination. CAA divides citizens by religion.

He added that after the CAA, BJP wants to impose NRC and NPR as said by Amit Shah that “Aap Chronology Samjhiye.’ With NRC, we have seen in Assam that how not only Muslims, people from other religions were also categorised as doubtful citizens. The whole CAA-NRC-NPR package is a ploy of the Modi regime to disenfranchise and ostracise poor and toiling masses of the country. We will resist this conspiracy.

Speaking at the rally, MLA Mahboob Alam said that the Modi government which has failed in providing jobs, education and livelihood to people now wants to wedge division among people in the name of religion using the CAA. We have seen in Delhi, how a police officer publicly kicked and assaulted Muslims offering Namaz and this is what the Modi government conspires to do in the country. They want to spread hatred and division. He added that toiling masses of this country will foil this conspiracy orchestrated by BJP.

Protest programs were also held in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and other places by CPIML.

Police Repression of AISA-RYA Comrades in UP

In a protest in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow the police unleashed a wave of repression and arrests against AISA and RYA leaders who organised protests against discriminatory CAA. On March 14 and 15, Uttar Pradesh police arrested AISA UP Vice President Manish Kumar, RYA Joint Secretary in UP Sonu Yadav, Allahabad Univ. AISA Vice President Bhanu Kumar and Joint Secretary Alok Ambedkar just for carrying out their democratic right protest.

CPIML and other progressive organisations condemned the police-raj in the state and demanded immediate release of arrested activists.