CAA is in national interest, there will be no rethink: Modi

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Published: February 17, 2020 8:07:44 AM

The Prime Minister’s assertion came days after his party was defeated in the Assembly elections in Delhi, the campaign for which saw a highly charged debate on the CAA and the protests at Shaheen Bagh, where a group of women, supported by a crosssection of society, have been holding a sit-in for two months now.

His government, Modi told a public meeting during a day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, was taking decisions which had always been avoided.

IN THE FACE of raging countrywide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted emphatically that there would be no rethink on the new law enacted by Parliament. He Said steps such as enacting the CAA and removing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir were necessary in the national interest and were taken despite pressure from all sides.

His government, Modi told a public meeting during a day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, was taking decisions which had always been avoided. “Mahadev ke aashirvaad se desh aaj wo faisle bhi le raha hai jo hamesha pichhe chhod diye jaate the. Jammu-Kashmir se Article 370 hatane ka faisla ho, ya phir Citizenship Amendment Act, barson se desh ko in faislon ka intezaar tha.Desh hith main yeh faisle zaroori the. Aur duniya bharke saarey dabao ke bawjood in faislon par hum qayam hain aur qayam rahenge (With the blessings of Lord Shiva, the country is now taking decisions that were always left behind. Be it the scrapping ofArticle370 from Jammu and Kashmir or the Citizenship Amendment Act, the country had been waiting for these decisions for years. These Decisions were necessary in the interest of the nation. In spite of pressure from all over the world, we remain firm on these decisions, and will continue to remain firm),” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister’s assertion came days after his party was defeated in the Assembly elections in Delhi, the campaign for which saw a highly charged debate on the CAA and the protests at Shaheen Bagh, where a group of women, supported by a crosssection of society, have been holding a sit-in for two months now. Since the passage of the CAA in December last year, hundreds of thousands of protesters have come out in the streets in cities and towns across India, taking the government by surprise.

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