City Correspondent GUWAHATI, Jan 3 - General secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury, while lambasting the BJP-led government today alleged that the Narendra Modi government is putting emphasis on National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship (Amendment) Act only to make India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury speaking at an anti-CAA protest rally in Guwahati on Friday. – AT Photo
Participating in a protest organised today by CPI(M) in Guwahati, which was attended by over a thousand people, Yechury warned the BJP-led government not to mislead people of the country in the name of NPR and CAA.
“We will fight to safeguard the Constitution. Citizenship is not provided on the basis of religion in our country. But why has the government included the non-Muslims of only three countries? The Hindus too are exploited in various points in time in this country.”
He reiterated that CAA is completely a communal Act.
“The Prime Minister is spreading a false propaganda regarding CAA and NPR. It is very clear that NPR will lay the foundation for NRC. The non-Muslims who have been left out of the NRC will be provided citizenship through CAA and it will evade the Muslims of the country. The Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Kerala have already announced that they will not proceed with NPR and CAA. We appeal to other states, especially to 13 CMs who have opposed the implementation of NRC, to boycott NPR and CAA as well,” he added.
Yechury said the country would only survive when both the Hindus and the Muslims stay united but the BJP-led government is trying to bifurcate the two communities.
Talking about the Assam Accord, Yechury said the government should have respect for the Accord, and Assam and the northeastern states should be exempted from the purview of CAA.
“A cut-off date was fixed by signing an Accord. So you can’t violate it. But it was violated by amending the Citizenship Act. The people from all walks of life have come on to the streets to express their resentment against CAA peacefully. The people are coming on to the streets willingly. There is no external force behind it.”
“The government itself indulged in violence through police personnel. The genuine public is not engaged in any violence but if there is any violence then it was by the government only. The BJP is deliberately indulging in dirty votebank politics with the intention of Hindu vote consolidation,” he added.
Speaking about the economic slowdown in the country, Yechury said that during the Modi-led government’s tenure, the economy has been in its worst stage and that there is no job opportunity for youths. He also slammed the government for destroying the public sector.
Tributes were paid to the persons who lost their lives during the recent protests.
CPI(M) central committee member Suprakash Talukdar said, “The Centre is trying to suppress the voice of people. Leaders like Akhil Gogoi who raised voice against the legislation were sent behind the bar. But, the government has not succeeded in their motive as people from all creeds, castes and communities are protesting against it. The Act is anti-Constitutional. We will continue our protest till it is scrapped.” Secretary, CPI(M) Assam, Deben Bhattacharya said the party has been opposing CAA since its inception.
The CPI(M) took several resolutions to go ahead in opposing the Act. These include scrapping of the Act immediately by the government, immediate release of leaders like Akhil Gogoi, probe against the killing of five persons and compensation of Rs 20 lakh to each of their families, controlling of skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, jobs to unemployed youths, increasing the fixed tea tribe labourers daily wage to Rs 351, etc.