Congress Writes To Its State Presidents To Protest The Citizenship Bill Today
Congress will hold protest against the passage of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha. It has urged its leaders and workers to hold protests across the country on Wednesday.
Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal said that the people were aware that the Congress was opposing the CAB that was likely to be taken up in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The party needed to enlighten the public at large on the party’s stand and mobilized support in favour of party’s decision. He also wrote a letter to party state Presidents.
Letter of Mr Venugopal
He requested the party leaders and workers to undertake dharna pradarshan (protest) against the Bill in state headquarters by involving the senior leaders and frontal organisations.
The letter came out after former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi criticised the CAB calling it an attack on the constitution of India. Mr Gandhi said that anyone supporting the bill was destroying the foundation of nation.
The CAB passed in the Lok Sabha sought to give nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan despite vehement opposition from major opposition parties. He also termed the bill anti-Muslim.
Parties that opposed CAB
The Congress, the TMC, Revolutionary Socialist Party, DravidaMunnetraKazhgam (DMK), All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), AIUDF, BSP, Samajwadi Party, AamAadmi Party and YSR Congress opposed CAB citing various grounds. But the bill was passed with 311 voting in its favour and 80 against the bill.