NEW DELHI: Anti- Citizenship (Amendment) Act protestors at the Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh sent Valentine's Day invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Valentine's Day is celebrated worldwide on Feb 14th.
The Shaheen Bagh protest was started by a dozen women on December 15th who voiced against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Registry of Citizens (NRC).
The protestors who are demanding the withdrawal of CAA said that they have a surprise gift for Modi.
Syed Taseer Ahmed, one of the first protesters at Shaheen Bagh, said either PM Modi or Minister Amit Shah should convince them that the CAA is not against the constitution and that their rights won't be harmed. After that, they will willingly end the protest.
Amit Shah has said in the past that the CAA is meant to give Citizenship and not take but Shaheen Bagh protestor wants him to explain who it is going to help the country.
The protestors want to know how the government will ensure the refugees' rights and citizenship if they can't tackle unemployment, poverty and economic slowdown
The anti-CAA and NRC protests at Shaheen Bagh inspired similar protests at Zakir Nagar, Jamia Nagar, Khureji Khas etc.
CAA gives Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants who are members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities if they have come from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014.
The CAA faced criticisms for excluding Muslim immigrants and when clubbed with NRC, it will help in filtering out Muslim immigrants who will face deportation or detention.
The centre denied all these charges and PM Modi said that NRC will not be implemented nationwide. However, Shah told that they will drive out the illegal immigrants and implement NRC nationwide. At the same time, he said that the government will offer citizenship to persecuted minorities from the three Muslim dominated nations.