NEW DELHI: BSP chief Mayawati announced her decision to boycott the Congress-led Opposition meeting called in New Delhi about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and related protests.
She said that she is against the meeting because it would demoralise her party and workers after the Congress in Rajasthan indulged in ‘horse-trading’ by getting BSP MLAs to join their party. This happened after the elections which upset BSP and Mayawati.
However, she reiterated her stance against the controversial CAA and National Registry of Citizens. She demanded the ruling NDA government to withdraw it by calling the law, "divisive and unconstitutional."
She also spoke against the politicisation of Jawaharlal Nehru University students as well as other institutions.
Similarly, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused Congress of playing dirty politics and blamed them and the left front for the violence the Bharat Bandh in Kolkata. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party also chose to stay away from the meeting.
Opposition MLAs in West Bengal assembly insisted that the House pass a resolution against the CAA.
The opposition has been vociferous against the CAA and NRC, calling it “unconstitutional” and divisive. Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have been leading the protests against the CAA and NRC.
Citizenship (Amendment) Act gives illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan Indian citizenship if they are from Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, Christian or Sikh community. It is also one of the points mentioned in the BJP manifesto during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
When clubbed with the NRC, illegal Muslim immigrants will be detained or deported by the authorities. There are also concerns regarding the detentions of Muslim citizens who can't provide proof.