Team Sahabalve holds Massive Protest against CAA, NRC and NPR in Udupi
Udupi: Team Sahabalve Udupi organised a huge protest against the Citizen (Amendment) Act (CAA), National Population Registry (NPR) and National Citizenship Registry (NRC) at the UBMC grounds Udupi on Thursday, January 30.
The protest was inaugurated by reading out the preamble of the India constitution.
Addressing the protesters Social Activist Kavita Reddy said, “There is huge distress among the citizens as the government is dividing the nation based on religion. The most important aspect is that the government speaks in multiple voices – while Prime Minister Narendra Modi says something, Home Minister Amit Shah says something else and there are no convincing replies from them.”
Student activist Amulya said, “The BJP government is trying to divide the county on religious lines. The Modi government is implementing the Act when people are facing various problems. People have been asking for jobs, medical facilities and basic amenities. Instead of focusing on these issues, the BJP is implementing rules that are not good for the country. On the contrary, they are aimed at creating division among the citizens based on religion,” she alleged.
Amulya further said, “The country is under the fascist regime and the government is trying to muzzle all protests. We are living in an Emergency like period. Every day students are attacked by the goons of ABVP and RSS. Today also an unidentified man, brandishing a gun, reportedly opened fire during an anti- Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest outside Jamia Millia Islamia and injured one student. ABVP is engaging in hooliganism in educational institutions. We strictly condemn such acts. All these incidents are happening with the sponsorship of the Union Government. Home Minister Amit Shah should resign because they cannot protect the students in educational institutions,” she said.
The Video message of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad who was unable to attend the protest was telecasted. In his message he said that the Citizenship Amendment Act, is a “black act”, he said nothing is more important than keeping the country together. The purpose is to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC and also to tell the people that such black laws cannot be imposed on us.
Former Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said that the Constitution has played a pivotal role in maintaining and saving the diversity of the country. Those who try to change the constitution will not last long. The government should administer as per the aspirations of the Constitution.
Social activists Nazma Nazeer and Mahendra Kumar also addressed the gathering.
Former minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, team Sahabalve Udupi Sundar Master, Fr William Martis, Prashant Jathanna, Roshni Oliver, Ramesh Kanchan, Dr Sunitha Shetty, Ashok Kumar Kodavoor, Yogish Shetty, Balakrishna Shetty, Amrith Shenoy and others were present.