CAA Protests: There have been protests over the past few days in several parts of the country.
BJP national working president JP Nadda today kicked off a massive rally in Kolkata in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act. JP Nadda was accompanied by senior BJP leaders, including West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. The issue of CAA has been a major flashpoint in Bengal politics, with Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee declaring that it will not be implemented in the state.
Meanwhile, the Congress is holding a protest against the Centre's new citizenship law, agitation against which is sweeping the country. The protest meet was held at Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, who had been abroad since the protests over the new law escalated last Sunday, attended the meet along with party chief Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, among other leaders.
More than 20 people have died in the protests against the new law since it was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind on December 11. Fifteen of the deaths have taken place in Uttar Pradesh, five in Assam and two in Mangaluru.
The protests had escalated last Sunday with a police crackdown on the students of Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia after their protest march ended in violence.
Here are the LIVE Updates on protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA):
PM is breaking the nation: Rahul Gandhi during Congress protest
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says: "Our enemies tried hard to suppress this voice to destroy the country's progress, to destroy our economy, but the country resisted this. What our enemies could not do, the PM Narendra Modi-led government is doing."
Just because you (PM Modi) could not improve the economy, you are breaking the nation, he adds.
"When you pressure judiciary, you are trying to suppress the voice of the nation. You are not fighting against the Congress, you are standing against the nation's voice."
"I want to tell you (PM Modi) and your friend Amit Shah (home minister) that this is not the Congress, this is the voice of Bharat Maata (Mother India). If you will try to suppress the voice of judiciary, students and India will not remain silent."
You can't attack the constitution... the entire country will stop you from doing so, Rahul Gandhi says.
Andhra Pradesh Will Not Support NRC: Jagan Mohan Reddy
Andhra Pradesh's Jagan Mohan Reddy has become the latest to join the growing queue of state Chief Ministers saying "no" to the centre's citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) amid massive countrywide protests.
"I was asked by my minority brothers to make a statement on the NRC. I want to make it clear that we will oppose the NRC and there is no way Andhra Pradesh will support it," Jagan Reddy said in Kadapa, where he launched several projects today.
Congress protests at Rajghat
Many Congress leaders participated in a sit-in protest against the new citizenship law.
More than 100 students detained in Delhi
A total of 139 students protesting against the citizenship law at UP and Assam bhavans in Delhi have been detained.
Congress leaders read out the Constitution preamble at Rajghat
Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi read out the Constitution preamble of India at Rajghat in Delhi during protests against the citizenship law.
Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi join protest at Rajghat in Delhi
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, along with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh reach Rajghat in Delhi to join other members for a sit-in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Congress begins protest at Rajghat
Congress leaders sit on a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Rajghat in Delhi. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, Kamal Nath and Ghulam Nabi Azad present among other leaders.
Watch: Protests in Bengaluru
A video of a large protest organised in Bengaluru, Karnataka, over the new citizenship law:
Citizenship Amendment Act protests in Bengaluru
Large number of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters gather in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Shops in and around Shivajinagar and Frazer Town have been closed following a bandh call for the protests.
Bail plea of 15 accused in Daryaganj violence dismissed
Delhi court dismisses bail plea filed by 15 accused in Daryaganj violence case. Metropolitan magistrate Kapil Kumar has sent all 15 accused to 14 days judicial custody.
Citizenship Amendment Act: JP Nadda takes out BJP rally in Kolkata
BJP national working president JP Nadda on Monday kicked off a massive rally in the city in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act. JP Nadda was accompanied by senior BJP leaders, including West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.
The march commenced from Hind cinema in central Kolkata and will culminate at Shyambazar. The issue of CAA has been a major flashpoint in Bengal politics, with Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee declaring that it will not be implemented in the state. The state had witnessed violent protests and arson against the CAA and the proposed nationwide implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) during December 13-17.
"A huge crowd here shows people are in support of Citizenship Act. The West Bengal chief minister is just doing vote-bank politics by opposing the Act. She should see the huge support for the Act and understand that people have rejected vote-bank politics," JP nadda tells news agency ANI.
Protests over the new citizenship law erupted in Jadavpur University, Kolkata students showed black flags to Jagdeep Dhankar.
Calcutta High Court directs West Bengal government to stop all government advertisements that say National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not be implemented in the State.
In the backdrop of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday launched a veiled attack on the BJP by quoting words of late American leader Martin Luther King. If politics creates religious issues, then one should know the country is being run by wrong people, Sanjay Raut said while attributing the comment to the legendary civil rights leader. The 57-year-old firebrand Rajya Sabha member has of late been taking aim at the BJP, with which the Sena recently severed ties, through his posts on the micro-blogging site.
Citizenship Amendment Act protest: Students outside UP Bhawan detained
Some students were detained outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan in Delhi when they were protesting against the police action during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act demonstrations. They were demanding the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue. Police are yet to share details.
CAA protests: Massive rally against the Citizenship Act in Chennai
DMK chief MK Stalin is leading a massive rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Chennai despite the police denying permission to do so. Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram has joined him and has hit the streets along with Mr Stalin. Security has been heightened across Chennai for the rally.
Citizenship protest: DMK to hold Anti-CAA protest rally
DMK will hold a protest rally in Chennai against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens.
Tight security arrangements have been made in Chennai ahead of DMK's rally against the new citizenship law.
The road between Mathura Road and Kalindi Kunj is closed for traffic movement. People coming from Noida are advised to take DND or Akshardham to reach Delhi.
Rahul Gandhi urges students to join Congress protest
This is the first time a large number of leaders of the party led by Sonia Gandhi, including her son and party MP Rahul Gandhi, would be hitting the streets after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill sailed through both houses of parliament over a week ago.
The protests had escalated last Sunday with a police crackdown on the students of Delhi's prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia after their protest march ended in violence. On Thursday, 13 cities across 10 states held protest marches, in some cases, defying police clampdown.