NEW DELHI: Amid the agitations against Citizenship Amendment Act, National register of Citizens and National Population Registration across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that there is a “political design” behind all these protests including in Delhi’s Jamia and Shaheen Bagh to ruin the harmony of the nation.
“Be it Seelampur, Jamia or Shaheen Bagh, protests held over the past several days regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Is this just a coincidence? No. This is an experiment,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first election rally for Delhi polls at Karkardooma.
“There is a political design behind all these protests including Jamia and Shaheen Bagh. These protests are a conspiracy to divide India. These protests are going to ruin the harmony of the nation,” he asserted.
Lambasting the opposition parties including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party for supporting the ongoing protests, he said: “But AAP and Congress are provoking people. Constitution and tricolor are being kept in front and attention is being diverted from the real conspiracy.”
“These people were doubting the ability of our forces during surgical strikes. Do citizens of Delhi want such people in power? These people are saving those who want to break India into pieces,” he added.
People have been protesting at Jamia and Shaheen Bagh against CAA, NRC and NPR. Members of the Opposition have deemed CAA “discriminatory and anti-Constitution” while the Centre has maintained that the new law has no effect on Indian citizens.
Recently, two firing incidents took place near Jamia Millia Islamia University.On Sunday night, the firing incident was reported near gate number five at the university following which people including some students of the varsity gathered outside the Jamia Nagar police station.
Citing some of the major decisions taken by his government, including abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the CAA, Modi said that it is for the first time in the history of Independent India that the opposition has complained of government working “too fast”.
“Today, for the first time in the history of the country, the opposition has a complaint with the government. What is the complaint? They say that Modi is so fast? Just work slowly, why are you taking big decisions one after the other? What is the need for it?,” the PM said.
“Article 370 was abrogated after 70 years. Ram Janmabhoomi verdict came after 70 years. Kartarpur Sahib corridor was made after 70 years. India-Bangladesh border issue resolved after 70 years. The CAA came after 70 years. The War Memorial and the Police Memorial made after 50-60 years,” he added.
He further cornered the opposition parties over the settlement of Bru refugees in Tripura, the formation of Chief of Defence Staff and the implementation of Good Service Tax (GST).
He said that his government decisively acted on matters which had been pending for decades such as settling Bru refugees in Tripura, creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff, the implementation of GST, procurement of new fighter aircraft (Rafale), and the passing of Benami Property, among others.
Stating that only the BJP can take Delhi to new heights, Modi said: “The BJP does what it says. Our priority is to fulfil people’s aspirations and work for them. We believe in positivity, not in negativity.”
Modi also took a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for removing AAP’s old manifesto from its website.
“21 days ago the AAP party removed its old manifesto from its website. Because people were watching what they promised and how many of these were fulfilled,” he said.
“Kejriwal Sir, you hide the manifesto, but we and the people of Delhi will not stop asking questions,” he said adding that the BJP fulfills all its promises. Election to the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly is slated to be held on February 8. The counting of votes will take place on February 11. (ANI)