Calling NPR 2020 a ‘Disguised NRC’, Sonia Gandhi Asks Congress CMs to Take ‘Wise and Uniform Decision’
Staff Reporter / New Delhi
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) which met here today demanded that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act CAA should be withdrawn and the process of NPR be stopped forthwith. It accused the BJP government of using its brute majority to impose a “divisive and discriminatory” agenda.
The party high powered meeting chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated upon the social, economic and political challenges confronting the country after which it passed a resolution on “suppression of the voice of youth and the students of India”.
“The Modi government has unleashed the entire might of the brute state power to suppress, subjugate and stifle the voice of the youth and students across the country. The prime minister and the BJP government have betrayed the trust of the youth,” the resolution stated.
Almost every institution in the country – Delhi University, JNU, Jamia Millia University , Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University, AMU, and many others have seen massive protests, it noted.
The CWC expresses its solidarity with the youth and the students in their fight for defending the Constitution, standing for independent and creative learning and aspiring for employment-linked education at a minimal expense, the resolution said.
Apart from Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, top party leaders P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, A K Antony, K C Venugopal, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia were among those present. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was not present at the meeting.
Stating that amended Citizenship Act is a discriminatory and divisive law, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said “its purpose is to divide Indian people on religious lines”.
Students realised grave harm of CAA implementation and have taken to streets braving police brutalities, Sonia Gandhi said at Congress Working Committee meeting here.
“As students’ protest against CAA gains momentum, it is clear that the government is digging in its heels, she said, adding that the situation in some states alarming, turning them into police states, notably in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
“Let us not be under any illusion that NPR is benign exercise in form and content. NPR 2020 is ‘disguised NRC’,” Sonia Gandhi said.
The Congress also released a statement on the four main issues that were discussed—the CAA, NRC, NPR and students protests; the state of the economy; the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir; and the US-Iran tensions.
“The CWC demands that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act should be withdrawn and the process of NPR be stopped forthwith,” a party statement said.
The CWC calls upon the government to reveal its roadmap for reviving the economy, investors’ confidence and job creation, it said.
The party’s top decision-making body also called for lifting of curbs and restoration of civil liberties in Jammu and Kashmir.