- What is the agenda of the meeting?
This will be the first such meeting of the political parties over the CAA, which will be chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The opposition parties will meet to formalise a joint strategy on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as the protests continue across the country. The members will also discuss the police action against protesters and students during the protests.
- Who has called the meeting?
The Congress has sent an invitation to all like-minded parties to come up at a common platform over the CAA, to chalk out a joint strategy on the CAA, and alleged police brutality against students. The Left, Samajwadi Party, NCP, DMK and the RJD are likely to attend the meeting against the
BJP‘s policies. On December 17 last year, the opposition parties had approached President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention on the issue of violence in central universities against the CAA.
- Which parties are skipping the meet?
West Bengal CM
Mamata Banerjeehas said she would stay away from the meeting of opposition parties. Banerjee said her decision was a protest against the violence unleashed by the Congress and the Left parties in the state during last week’s general strike. Accusing the Congress and the state’s Left spearhead CPM of playing “dirty politics”, Banerjee said she would continue her protests against the CAA, NRCand NPRalone.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will also skip the meeting. Sources in the BSP said the party will not send a representative at the meet due to its differences with the Congress. The AAP will also skip the opposition meet. Congress’ new alliance partner Shiv Sena will also not be part of the meeting.
- CWC meet over CAA, NPR
The Congress Working Committee had on Saturday demanded that the CAA should be withdrawn and the process of NPR be stopped forthwith, as it accused the BJP government of using its brute majority to impose a “divisive and discriminatory” agenda. The Congress top brass meeting, chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated upon the social, economic and political challenges confronting the country after which it passed a resolution on “suppression of the voice of youth and the students of India”. Expressing “deep anguish”, the CWC said it condemned the “insensitive” response of the government and the “blatant use of state power” to silence the voices of dissent.
- No force on earth can stall CAA implementation: BJP
The BJP asserted on Saturday that “no force on earth” can stall the implementation of
Citizenship Amendment Actand accused the Congress of duplicity over the law and the National Population Register process. “Citizenship for Hindu refugees in Rajasthan and Gujarat was extended by the Manmohan Singhgovernment on two occasions in 2005 and 2006,” BJP said, adding Manmohan Singh as leader of the opposition had demanded citizenship for religious minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh.