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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Even as resentment and protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) continue to disrupt peace and tranquillity in several parts of the country, several organisations came together and took out a rally in support of the act in Bhubaneswar today.

It is for the first time in Odisha that several outfits have joined hands and have openly come out in support of the CAA which is being opposed by several groups in different parts of the country.

Holding placards with messages, ‘We Support CAA’, and ‘We Want NRC’, several youths took out a rally from Ram Mandir square to Master Canteen in Bhubaneswar to create awareness about the Citizenship Amendment Act.

“The main objective of the rally is to extend our support to CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC). The government of India has brought the legislation in the larger interest of the people. Only a handful of people are opposing it,” said social activist, Mousumi Mohapatra.

Mohapatra further stated that under no circumstances any kind of violent protests will be tolerated and it will be opposed across the country.

Earlier on December 17, several Muslim organisations had staged demonstration in Bhubaneswar protesting the passage of the amended citizenship law. The protesters had alleged that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) violates Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India. The protesters alleged that since there is a fear of discrimination, it is unfortunate and distressing to see that the constitutional rights in secular India are at stake.

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