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KL-CITIZENSHIP-LD PROTEST

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Ker CM, LoP participate in joint protest by LDF, UDF against

CAA

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 16 (PTI) Setting aside political

differences, ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and opposition Congress

headed UDF in Kerala held a joint protest against the amended

Citizenship act here on Monday with Chief Minister Pinarayi

Vijayan slamming the move as an attempt to "curb freedom".

In a rare show of unity in the bi-polar state dominated

by the two arch-rivals, Vijayan and Leader of the Opposition

in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala shared the platform at a

meeting organised at the Martyr''s Column and condemned the

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and exchanged pleasantries.

At the joint meeting, the first such in the country

against the Centre over the issue, both the fronts attacked

the BJP-led NDA, the RSS and the Sangh Parivar, alleging the

amendment had been brought in as part of their agenda to

divide the people and create "a religious state".

The state also witnessed protests against CAA by various

organisations and student and youth outfits who took out

rallies. Trains were blocked at different places.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan appealed to those

protesting against the CAA to desist from indulging in any

violence, saying none had the right to take law into their own

hands.

Addressing the protest here, Vijayan said the country was

facing an "explosive" atmosphere and the Citizenship

Amendment Act was an attempt to "curb" the freedom which India

attained through the sacrifices of many.

Claiming that the amendment altered the basic structure

of the Constitution and was "unconstitutional", he said the

new law has omitted those who have faced worse persecution in

Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

"Article 14 provides equality to all citizens. When a law

is against the fundamental rights, its unconstitutional...The

government is silent about the Sri Lankan Tamils, thousands of

Rohingyas.. Even the United Nations has come out openly

against this law," Vijayan added.

The joint protest expressed solidarity with the

protesters across the nation and the chief minister said if

anyone declares that minorities cannot be considered as

citizens, Kerala will oppose it and will not implement any

such laws.

"People were worried on how we will oppose a central law.

Let me make our stand clear. We all took oath under the

Constitution of India. We will oppose anyone who tries to

destroy our constitution. Our allegiance is to the

Constitution and not to the agenda of RSS," Vijayan said.

He alleged the present ''crisis'' in the country was

"deliberately created" by the Centre and the "RSS agenda was

to ensure that India should not be a secular, but a religious

nation".

Though Vijayan and Chennithala often cross swords in the

assembly over various issues, the two leaders were seen

exchanging pleasantries as they shook hands with each other.

This is perhaps for the first time that the ruling and

opposition fronts have come together in Kerala to jointly

organise a protest against the Union government.

Chennithala alleged the Sangh Parivar was

"experimenting" with the agenda of Hitler in India and those

opposing it were being threatened.

"The model before them (RSS) is the Nazi Germany of

(Adolf) Hitler. Sangh Parivar is experimenting with Hitler''s

agenda. The secularism and the brotherhood of our country is

threatened by igniting fake nationalism among the people," he

said.

There was an atmosphere of fear prevailing in the coutry

and those opposing the government were being threatened, he

claimed.

"The media which opposes it is being threatened using

corporate power. Those who write against it are being

threatened. Those who oppose against their agenda are put

behind bars using ED (Enforcement Directorate)," he said.

State ministers E P Jayarajan, A K Balan, E

Chandrasekharan, Kadakampally Surendran and Kadanapally

Ramachandran and a host of UDF leaders including P J Joseph, M

K Muneer and Anoop Jacob attended the protest meeting.

Secretary of the All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama

Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musaliyar, who also addressed the

gathering, said India was a land of all religions.

Meanwhile, over two dozens organisations, association of

various government departments also gathered at the venue

expressing solidarity with the joint meet.

The state BJP hit out at both the fronts saying they have

joined hands even though they fight each other in elections.

"The attempts of the two fronts are to woo the Muslim

vote bank," BJP general secretary K Surendran told the media.

Students of various varsities and colleges across the

state on Monday took out marches protesting the CAA and the

police action against students of the Jamia Millia university

in Delhi on Sunday night.

Various political parties and organisations also hit the

streets in Kerala protesting against the CAA.

Trains were blocked at Thiruvalla, Kollam and Palakaad

with activists squatting on the rail tracks on Monday morning,

delaying a few trains.

The activists of DYFI, KSU and SFI took out protest

marches to the Raj Bhavan here past midnight on Sunday,

besides blocking trains at various places including Kozhikode,

Thalassery and Kochi.

A group of Youth Congress workers waved black flags at

Manipur Governor Nejma Hepatulla, who was on her way to the

airport in Kochi to board a flight to Lakshadweep.

A Joint Action Committee (JAC) of a group of over 30

outfits, opposing the implementation of CAA, has called for a

state-wide hartal on Tuesday.

While the BJP in Kerala slammed the hartal call, saying

it was "unnecessary" and against "national interest", other

major political parties, including the CPI(M), Congress,CPI

and Muslim outfits, have also opposed the protest saying it

was unnecessary. PTI RRT LGK UD

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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