Hyderabad: The Congress party on Saturday set a 24-hour deadline for Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to clear his stand on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Citizenship Register (NCR).
Addressing a massive dharna organised TPCC Minorities Department at Dharna Chowk, Indira Park, former minister and ex-Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir strongly condemned KCR’s silence on the issue.
He reiterated the demand that the Chief Minister convene a special Assembly session to reject CAA and NCR. He also slammed the MIM leadership and accused it of suppressing the agitations against CAA & NRC in Hyderabad.
He alleged that MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi and other MIM leaders were harassing the other Muslim leaders and activists who are participating in the anti-CAA protests.
Shabbir Ali said that the CAA was unconstitutional and every Indian must register his/her protest against the same. At a time when people belonging to all religions, castes and classes are holding protests across the country irrespective of their political affiliations, MIM leadership was trying to help the BJP Government by curbing protests in Hyderabad.
He said many organisations have defied MIM’s dictates and organised peaceful protests demanding that the CAA and NRC be rejected. However, he said MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi was trying to confine the protest to a ‘weekend show’ by mobilising a meeting at his party headquarters.
He said the protests against CAA and NRC should be held everywhere and every day until the controversial and law is withdrawn.
He said it was quite regrettable that none of the seven MLAs, two MLCs and nearly 50 corporators of MIM in Telangana participated in the anti-CAA protests anywhere in the State. He said MIM leaders were neither participating in the agitation nor allowing others to do so just to support the BJP.
He asked the religious leadership, which he alleged was being held hostage by MIM, to free itself and openly express its objection to CAA and NRC.
Speaking on the occasion, TPCC Minorities Department Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail said that the Congress party in Telangana would intensify its agitation if KCR does not clear his stand on CAA and NRC in the next 24-hours.
He said Chief Ministers of many States, including Bihar, have openly announced that their opposition to CAA and NRC and made it clear that they would not be implemented in their States. However, he said KCR has maintained a questionable silence on the issue.
“What is stopping KCR from making an announcement that he will not implement CAA and NRC in Telangana? Is he afraid of BJP or his own ally MIM? He must make his stand clear now to clear confusion among people,” he demanded.
Former MLA M. Shashidhar Reddy said that the people would never permit implementation of communal agenda in the country and India would remain a secular nation. Hyderabad City Congress president M. Anjan Kumar Reddy said that the BJP would never succeed in its plan to divide the country on communal lines.
He said that the nationwide protests against CAA have proved that people of all religious were opposed to BJP’s communal politics. Youth Congress president Anil Kumar Yadav stressed on the need for unity among people to counter the dangerous moves of BJP Government aimed at dividing the nation.
The meeting was also addressed by former MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, TPCC Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin and others.
Senior leaders including Hyderabad Congress Minorities Department Chairman Sameer Waliullah, TPCC General Secretary M. Niranjan and others participated in the meeting. (INN)