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All-India protests against Citizenship Act

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  • Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said that his party would go ahead with the protests and asked party workers to participate in it in large numbers.

    Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor on Wednesday said the university authorities made the 'painful decision' to call police to the campus during a protest earlier this week as they had learnt that 'anti-social elements' had infiltrated the premises.

    Pakistan and China along with Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were placed in the list for having engaged in or tolerated "systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom," Pompeo said.

    "I have been informed that Mr Madani has indicated that I was removed from the case because I was unwell. This is total nonsense. He has a right to instruct his lawyer AOR Ejaz Maqbool to sack me which he did on instructions. But the reason being floated is malicious and untrue," senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan added on the social networking site.

    ​​​VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain accused the Muslim parties of ‘never staying true to their word’ in the case, while the chief of the Nirmohi Akhara in Ayodhya, Mahant Dinendra Das, and chief priest of the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Satyendra Das termed it a ‘ploy to disturb communal harmony’ in India.

    It would be impractical to set up a single panel to examine the facts as sought by students, given the “spread” of the protests and the “diverse” facts behind those, a three-member bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde said. The Supreme Court refuted inquiries made by Jamia and AMU students regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act.

    Shah said no Indian citizen needs to fear from the Citizenship Act or NRC. No minority community would be adversely affected by the implementation of the new law. The Citizenship Act and NRC are subjects under the Union list and states would have to implement those.

    Amit Shah rejected the Opposition charge that the bill was anti-Muslim. He repeatedly stressed that the legislation will not take away anyone's citizenship and was only intended to help minority communities facing religious persecution in the three neighbouring countries. "No provision in citizenship bill touches citizenship of Muslims," he said.

    The population of minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan has reduced by as much as 20 per cent, either by way of elimination or having migrated to India, he said, adding that these migrants did not get rights to jobs and education.

    "Both the VCs had come to the ministry today and met senior officials. The situation is now normal on both the campuses and maximum students residing in hostel have gone back home as vacation have been announced. The varsities will announce a fresh schedule for pending examination once the campuses reopen in January," a source said.

    The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday asserted that 99 per cent of Muslims in the country want a review of the unanimous Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute.

    On Sunday, when the artists gathered in Chanmari field in Guwahati to register their protest against CAA, the fear found voice. Bipin Chawdang sang “pepanhti tur bojailo, du dinor pachhot bongaliye ronor hinga bojaabo, du dinor pachhot bangladeshik mukhyomatri patibo.”

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