CAA: Opposition seeks President’s intervention; Anguished by police crackdown, says Sonia Gandhi

As many as 12 opposition parties met the President on Tuesday and handed over a memorandum demanding repeal of the CAA

Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Opposition leaders Sitaram Yechuri, A Raja and Derek O Brian
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Opposition leaders Sitaram Yechuri, A Raja and Derek O Brian
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Led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, leaders of 12 Opposition parties met President Ramnath Kovind on Tuesday and requested his intervention regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Urging President Kovind to advise the government to repeal the Act, leaders of the Opposition parties said that this kind of “diabolical and divisive act” is not accepted at any cost.

Talking to the media after meeting the President, Sonia Gandhi attacked the Modi government for shutting down people’s voice.

“The situation in the Northeast which is now spreading throughout country including the Capital because of the Act is a very serious situation. We fear that it may spread even further. We are anguished at the manner in which police dealt with peaceful demonstration,” she said.

“We have an example in Delhi where Police entered the Jamia women hostel and dragged them out; it mercilessly beat students. I think you all have seen that Modi govt seems to have no compassion when it comes to shutting down people's voices and implement legislation,” she asserted.

TMC leader Derek O Brian said only poor and common people will be affected by the CAA.

“This kind of diabolical and divisive act cannot be accepted at all,” he emphasised.

CP(I)M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said constitutional values must be upheld. Demanding an enquiry into police action, Yechury demanded that the CAA must be immediately repealed.

He also tweeted the letter handed over to the President.

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Published: 17 Dec 2019, 5:46 PM