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Immediately withdraw CAA, Cong tells Centre | India News


NEW DELHI: Backing the hostility to Citizenship (Amendment) Act on the grounds of “constitutional validity and political morality”, Congress on Saturday demanded that the Modi government immediately withdraw CAA and also stop the process of National Population Register.

Congress Working Committee reiterated the party’s strong opposition to CAA-NRC-NPR while throwing its full-throated support behind the nationwide protests. It said CAA and NRC have created an environment of fear among religious and linguistic minorities. Chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the CWC condemned the Centre for refusing to allay the fears of people and for unleashing the “state power to silence the voices of dissent”.

“The CWC cautions the government that its pursuit of divisive agenda with the sole objective of polarisation may give short-term political dividends but will create deep fissures in the society undermining national unity and social stability. That presents a serious challenge to internal security and makes India vulnerable to hostile external forces,” it said in a statement.

Sonia Gandhi said that CAA has the “sinister purpose” to “divide the Indian people on religious lines”. She dubbed NPR as “disguised NRC”, a result of government’s rethink in view of the “disastrous results of the Assam NRC”.

With the demand for stoppage of CAA and NPR triggering speculations about what Congress would do in the states under it, AICC said it will not give any directive to states as the subject falls under the jurisdiction of “state legislatures”.

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Times of India