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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress staged a demonstration here on Tuesday to protest the suspension of 25 of its lawmakers from the Lok Sabha for five days.

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Nirmal Khatri. Photo Credit: www.thehindu.com

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Nirmal Khatri said the decision was taken by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed it a “black day” in India’s democratic history.

Demanding immediate withdrawal of the decision, the state unit said Modi was behaving like a dictator and should instead learn to respect the democratic values of India.

Amid shouting of slogans, the protesting Congress workers marched from the Gandhi statue near the General Post Office to the BJP office on the Vidhan Sabha Marg here.

Police cordoned off the protest area to prevent any skirmishes between Congress and BJP workers and tried to prevent the Congressmen from marching to the BJP office.

There was a skirmish between policemen and Congress leaders after which the latter broke through police barricades and squatted in front of the BJP office.

Police used mild force to disperse the crowd and physically removed Congress workers from the road.

(IANS)

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)