Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: At a time when resentment over the passage of the amended citizenship law continues across the country, members of several Muslim organisations from across Odisha staged demonstration in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

Terming the legislation as unconstitutional, the protesters alleged that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) violates Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India. Since there is a fear of discrimination, it is unfortunate and distressing to see that the constitutional rights in secular India are at stake.

Holding placards with ‘Save Democracy’, ‘Boycott CAA’ and ‘Reject CAB’ messages, hundreds took out a peaceful rally from Satyanagar. After covering several parts of the capital city, the rally culminated near Sishu Bhawan Chhak. The organisation members wanted to meet Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to submit a memorandum demanding withdrawal of the CAA and measures to protect the interests of the community in the State.

“We want immediate withdrawal of the CAA to bring peace in the country. Home Minister Amit Shah recently said that the issue will be reviewed, but we want that the government should immediately withdraw it,” said one of the protesters.

Another agitator said, “The people of the Muslim community are apprehensive about the citizenship Act and we want our CM not to implement it in Odisha.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the CAA was signed into law by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday last week. Several political parties including BJD, AIADMK and JD(U) supported the Bill in the Parliament.