The Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) movement is goinng to pinch the state residents in form form of obstruction , protest and demonstration as Trinamul supremo Mamata Banerjee will take on streets from Monday to protest the CAA nad NRC. The issue will flare up fireballs as BJP too decided to start a nation wide agitation in support of the same issue.
Now, the protests have also spread to nearby West Bengal. In Kolkata’s Park Circus area, people are reportedly conducting a protest march.
Many also took to Twitter to share descriptions of the protests. They said that tires were being burnt and roads blocked. Incidents of stone pelting were also reported by some social media users.
Many users posted videos and photos of the incidents. Social media users said that the crowd which had been at its peak around 4 pm has since begun dispersing. However, going by updates shared by the Kolkata Traffic Police on Twitter the protests have not yet completely died down.
A day after the Rajya Sabha cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, protests and celebrations erupted in Kolkata and different parts of Bengal on Thursday.
Protests against the contentious legislation were called by scores of civil rights groups while celebrations were witnessed outside the State headquarters of the BJP. The Trinamool Congress leadership, whose MPs had opposed the Bill in Parliament, did not organise any protest. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was busy at the Bengal Business Summit in Digha, called a meeting of the MPs and the MLAs on December 20 to chalk out the strategy for countering the Bill.
The followers of the BJP, who were celebrating the passage at the headquarters at 6 Murlidhar Sen Lane in central Kolkata came face to face with a group of Congress supporters who were rallying from the nearby Central Avenue against the Bill. Amid slogan shouting, they threw sticks and water bottles at each other.
Thousands participated in protests organised by several civil rights groups like the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights here and the Banglar Sanskriti Mancha in Birbhum. A torch rally was also organised by civil rights groups at Park Circus against the bill.
The BJP leadership described the passage as a major success for the “Hindu refugees who have come to Bengal”. National general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who held a press conference here, said he was receiving congratulatory messages from all across the State.
On being asked about the opposition by the TMC and Ms. Banerjee, Mr. Vijayvargiya said the country is governed by Constitution where the Centre has the right to determine citizenship.
“She is opposing the Bill for her minority vote bank,” he said, adding that the Bill had provided citizenship to lakhs of “Hindu refugees’ who had come to Bengal. He said the party would counter attempts of the TMC to mislead people on the Bill.
general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday said that if the Trinamool Congress government does not implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in West Bengal, then the Centre will. He also said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was opposing the Bill as she was afraid of “losing her minority vote bank”.
“The bordering districts of West Bengal have become a hub of infiltrators because of Mamata Banerjee’s minority appeasement politics. This Bill is aimed at giving citizenship to Hindu refugees in the country. Why does she have to oppose the historic Bill? She is simply afraid of losing her minority votebank,” said Vijayvargiya, who celebrated the passing of the Bill by Parliament by distributing sweets to people outside state BJP headquarters in Kolkata.
Reacting to the BJP leader’s statement, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said neither Mamata Banerjee nor the TMC government need to take lessons from BJP on being more compassionate towards refugees. “The less BJP talks about being more compassionate towards refugees the better. We all have seen how BJP has turned 14 lakhs Hindus into refugees through the NRC in Assam. They (BJP) should first answer questions on it and then lecture others. We stick to our stand that both NRC and CAB are against the principles of the Constitution,” he added.
The BJP, meanwhile, has decided to reach out to people “to make them understand the importance of the citizenship Bill”. “We will not let other parties to create confusion regarding the Bill and mislead people. Therefore, we have decided to visit every house in the state and make them understand the importance of CAB. We will soon launch a door-to-door campaign,” said a senior BJP leader.