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No CAA reference in Telangana governor’s address


There was no mention of CAA, NRC or NPR in Telangana governor’s address to the joint sitting of both houses of the state legislature on Friday but Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao assured the opposition that a resolution will be passed on the issue.

Though the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has taken a stand against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), there was no reference to the same in Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan’s address to joint sitting of Assembly and Council on the first day of the budget session.

Contrary to expectations that the Governor’s speech will contain comments against CAA and National Population Register (NPR), it was silent on the issue.

Ever since the Chief Minister drove to Raj Bhavan to personally handover the speech copy to the governor two days ago, there were reports that it contains comments about CAA and NPR.

There were even speculations if the governor will read the text as it is or follow his Telangana counterpart Arif Mohammed Khan, who added a para on his own to express his opinion on CAA.

However, during the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting following the governor’s address, Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao said the Assembly would discuss and pass a resolution on CAA, NPR and NRC.

At the meeting chaired by Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi demanded that the resolution be passed not just against CAA but also against NPR and NRC.

State minister Prashanth Reddy told the media after the BAC meeting that the chief minister said the House would discuss and pass a resolution.

AIMIM legislator Ahmed Pasha Quadri told reporters outside the Assembly that the TRS government should stay the NPR as done by Kerala.

“There is unease among people as NPR is scheduled to begin from April 1. The government should stay the process,” he said.

Another AIMIM MLA Ahmed Balala said NPR should be stayed as it would all the poor irrespective of their religions or castes.

Meanwhile, the BAC decided that the budget session will last till March 20. The budget will be presented on March 8.

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PM Modi holds ‘extensive review’, appeals for calm


In his first reaction on the Delhi violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace on Wednesday even as he held an “extensive review” on the prevailing situation that has become a cause of concern for law enforcement agencies.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “Had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy.”

Appealing for calm to restore normalcy, Modi said peace and harmony are “central to our ethos”.

“I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” he said.

Modi’s appeal came minutes after Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi held a rare press conference in New Delhi, flanked by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior leader P. Chidambaram where the party demanded Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation for allegedly being unable to contain the violence.

So far, 20 people have been killed in the Delhi violence which appears to be one of the worst in recent times. A constable too succumbed to injuries that sparked massive outrage.

On Monday, a Delhi Police head constable was killed as pro- and anti-CAA groups battled each other even as Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.

On Wednesday morning, the body of an Intelligence Bureau employee was recovered from the affected area which was found dumped in a drain, sparking further outrage.

The cause of the violence is believed to be a clash between pro- and anti-CAA protesters after those in support of the legislation blocked a road of northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad area, in a similar fashion to that of Shaheen Bagh, over the weekend.

Several areas including Jaffrabad, Maujpur, and Gokulpuri remained tense on Wednesday. Police and paramilitary forces have also been deployed in parts of northeast Delhi that have been affected.

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Bandaru Dattatreya hails Article 370, CAA


Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya on Tuesday hailed the Central government for scrapping Article 370 and amending the Citizenship Act (CAA).

Delivering the customary address to the state assembly on the first day of the Budget session, he said the Central government has passed the Constitution (application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of 2019 in public interest.

By promulgating this order, Section 370 has been abolished and a single Constitution has been enforced bringing the entire nation from Kashmir to Kanyakumari under one Tricolour flag.

Besides this, the apex court, in a historic decision, has paved the way for construction of Ram Mandir by settling the Ram Janmabhoomi land case.

In the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, the government has made amendments to the Citizenship Act of 1955, prescribing provisions for conferring citizenship of India to the members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian communities who entered India from Afghanistan, Pakistan or Bangladesh because of religious persecution.

“This became possible only because of the guidance of a strong leadership in this country. My government endorses these decisions and congratulates the Central government for taking these unprecedented decisions,” the Governor said in his address in Hindi for nearly two hours.

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KCR, Mahmood Ali should tell birthdays of parents before implementing NPR!


Former Minister and ex-Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has strongly condemned Home Minister Mahmood Ali’s announcement that Telangana Government would implement National Population Register (NPR) in the new format.

Addressing a massive ‘Mushaira’ held against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), NRC and NPR at Quli Qutub Shah Stadium on Monday night, Shabbir Ali reiterated the allegation that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was a BJP agent and his government was implementing CAA, NRC and NPR in Telangana. He said that the TRS opposing the CAB in Parliament was only an eye-wash to mislead the people, especially the Muslims. Similarly, he said that proposed resolution in Assembly opposing the CAA would be another move to cheat the people. “If TRS was really opposed to CAA, then what is preventing KCR from making an open announcement that CAA, NRC and NPR would not be implemented in Telangana?” he asked.

Shabbir Ali strongly condemned Home Minister Mahmood Ali for announcing that NPR would be implemented in Telangana with six additional questions that require people to report the date and place of birth of their parents during the NPR survey. He reminded that it was the Congress-led UPA Government which had launched the population register in 2010. It was simple form with 21 basic questions and no community or individual had any objection to it. However, the BJP Government made it contentious by adding six new parameters which includes Aadhaar number of the resident, Voter ID, PAN, driving license number and mobile phone and date and place of birth of parents and the last place of residence. “Before asking people, first let KCR and Mahmood Ali tell the date of birth of their parents and furnish documents to prove it,” he said.

He said all Congress-ruled States have openly announced that they would not implement CAA, NRC and NPR. “Why KCR is not having guts to make a similar announcement in Telangana?” he asked.

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Is KCR really opposing CAA, NPR?


TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on one hand makes statements that he is dead against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Population Register (NPR).

He even convened a cabinet meeting last week opposing CAA, NRC and Telangana cabinet passed a resolution appealing Centre to scrap CAA and also decided to pass a resolution against CAA in upcoming budget session of Telangana Legislative Assembly.

But the ground reality looks different.

Officials in Telangana government from top to bottom level are going ahead with ground work to launch housing census and NPR.

Chief secretary issued orders for conducting housing census but there is no mention about NPR in it.

The Census offficials in Telangana has written to all district collectors to initiate process for conducting housing census and NPR.

The TS education department went even a step ahead and asked officails not to schedule any exams between January and March next year to enable NPR work.

The district collectors in few districts have issued orders to conduct training programmes for staff to conduct CAA and NPR.

Can officials dare to this without the approval of CM KCR?

Officials going ahead with Census and NPR gives scope to suspicion that they have KCR’s approval to do so.

If not so, why is KCR remaining silent against officials who are going against his decision to implement CAA, NPR?

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YSRCP struggling to find reasons to oppose CAA!


When the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act was introduced in the Parliament, the ruling YSRCP supported the bill completely in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Following the directions of YSRCP chief and AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy, YSRCP MPs voted in favour of the bill in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and helped BJP-led NDA government to pass CAA bill.

This is in contrast to ruling TRS in Telangana stand which opposed CAA and voted against it in both the houses of Parliament.

However, with the protests over CAA increasing across the country day after day, the YSRCP is now struggling to find reasons over how to oppose CAA and act as per the mood of the nation.

Jagan’s close aide and advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy on Wednesday said that there was no need for people to be unduly worried over the Citizenship Amendment Act, as the government is prepared to adopt a resolution against it in the Assembly, if necessary.

“When the YSRCP supported the Bill on citizenship Amendment in the Lok Sabha, there were no NPR and NRC,” Sajjala said, adding that the party was clear in its perspective on CAA when it supported the Bill.

“We supported the Bill to check across-the-border infiltration, illegal migration into the country and so on. Subsequently, NRC was included. The government is alert to the anxiety of Muslims. I want to assure everyone that no harm would come to Muslims in YSRCP rule,” Sajjala said.

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Andhra’s ruling YSRCP now says it is against CAA


In a volte-face on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Tuesday said it is against the discriminatory law and also opposed the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The YSRCP, which had voted for Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Parliament, has now said that it is against the legislation.

Deputy Chief Minister Amjad Basha said the state government would not support CAA and NRC.

He claimed that Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has already made the party’s stand clear. He said the people, especially the minorities, need not panic as the YSRCP was opposed to both CAA and NRC.

He told reporters that that minorities are feeling insecure and were staging protests. “Our government is for welfare of the minorities and supports them. We already consulted various minority organisations and took their opinion,” he said.

“According to the Indian Constitution, those unable to adjust in other countries during Partition have come and takeb Indian citizenship, which is quite legal. Objecting such people’s citizenship after these many years is not a fair step,” a statement by the YSRCP quoted the minister as saying.

The YSRCP, which has 22 MPs in Lok Sabha, had voted for CAB but had sought amendments to include Muslims.

Interestingly both the YSRCP and opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had supported CAB. However, Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had voted against it.

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Pro-CAA Rajinikanth says will support Indian Muslims if it harms them


Southern superstar Rajinikanth on Wednesday said he will be the first person to come in the support of the Muslim community if the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) affected them in anyway.

He also said that the political parties for their own self-interest and religious leaders were joining the protesters, which was wrong.

Answering reporters over his silence on the CAA, Rajinikanth said the Central government has clearly said that Indian citizens will not be affected by the Act.

He said Indian Muslims have stayed back here in their “janmabhoomi” during the partition in 1947, and how could they be sent back.

“If something like that happens, I, Rajinikanth will be the first person to voice in their support if they were affected,” he said.

Rajinikanth urged the students to get detailed information before joining any protest as any police first information report (FIR) registered against them will spoil their future.

He also told the students that if they do not do research, then the pollical parties will use them.

Queried about the Sri Lankan refugees, Rajinikanth said they should be given dual citizenship.

According to him, National Population Register (NPR) is very essential as it tells who are the foreignors and who are the Indians.

Rajinikanth also said that he has not done any illegal business and is a prompt and honest tax payer.

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Anti-CAA groups unhappy with KCR for ‘suppressing’ protests


Despite Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao taking a stand against the Citizenship Amendment Act, groups protesting against the legislation are unhappy with the government for “suppressing” the peaceful protests, especially in Hyderabad.

The city has been witnessing flash protests, mostly during night time, as the police are not allowing any group to stage sit-in or take out rallies. Police are even filing cases against the protestors, prompting them to question the contradiction between what Rao is saying and what his government is doing on the ground.

The denial of permission to several groups including women and students to stage protests has angered them and they are now cautioning the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government that they can’t be silenced for long.

What is upsetting the organizations is that Hyderabad is lagging in protests against the “discriminatory legislation” compared to other Indian cities including cities in the BJP-ruled states.

The historic city, known for its rich Muslim past and strong community leadership, has always been the torch-bearer on taking up movements on burning issues but the curbs on anti-CAA protests have angered several socio-political, religious, groups, voluntary and student organizations and activists.

“If there are not many protest programmes like Shaheen Bagh in Hyderabad, it will be a blot on the city,” Jamaat-e-Islami’s Telangana unit chief Hamed Mohammed Khan told a protest meeting last week.

He said though Telangana Police call itself people-friendly police, its attitude is not at all friendly. “We are appealing to the friendly police to cooperate with the people in peaceful protest, allow them to vent out their feeling and resist the excesses being committed on them,” he said.

“When the protests are being held across India, this attitude of Hyderabad police is condemnable,” social activist Khaleda Parveen told IANS. She believes that the Chief Minister’s statement on CAA could be a mere eyewash as he did not say anything on the NRC and the NPR.

Khaleda Praveen, who led flash protest at various places and was also booked by the police, alleged that police action against the protestors is brutal. “The Hyderabad police make tall claims of providing security to women by forming She teams but the same police force’s is adopting shameful tactics. The women police are pinching private parts of women protestors,” she said.

Even All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a dominant political force in the city and a friendly party of TRS, seems to be helpless. The party was not allowed to organize ‘Tiranga rally’ in the city and was forced to shift the venue to the outskirts.

The United Muslim Action Committee, of which the AIMIM is also a part, was denied permission to organize its protest meet and poetry programme at historic Charminar on the night of January 25. Though it agreed to an alternate venue proposed by the police, the High Court, acting on a petition, imposed various restrictions and the programme had to be winded up by 9.15 p.m. while it was scheduled to continue till midnight.

AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who is visiting other parts of the country to address protest meetings, said their next programme of forming a human chain from Bapu Ghat to Mohammedi Lines on January 30, would depend on the police permission.

Hyderabad has so far witnessed three major peaceful protests. Lakhs of people attended Million March, organized by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising various group. The police, however, booked 25 cases against the organizers for violating the conditions.

The second huge protest was ‘Tiranga Rally’ of AIMIM which was also attended by lakhs of people. Earlier, a massive protest meeting was held at AIMIM headquarters Darussalam.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was detained and forcibly sent back to Delhi ahead of a protest meeting on January 26. The Dali leader alleged that the “dictatorship in Telangana is at its peak”.

Earlier, former Jawaharlal Nehru University students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was also not allowed to address a protest meet.

In the latest instance, the JAC against CAA, NRC and NPR, comprising various groups, was not given permission for a 48-hour sit-in by women.

JAC convenor Mushtaq Malik said the police refused to give permission for the protest at Darul Shifa Grounds in the old city and suggested them to move it to Mir Alam Eidgah on the outskirts but when they agreed, police officials went back on their word. He warned that the if police become more repressive, the movement will become bigger and stronger.

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Telangana Assembly will pass resolution against CAA: KCR


Breaking his silence on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday announced that the state Assembly will pass a resolution against the Act.

He also announced he is ready to lead a nationwide campaign against CAA.

Terming CAA “100 per cent wrong”, he appealed to the Supreme Court to strike it down.

Addressing a news conference, he announced he would soon hold a meeting of chief ministers and like-minded political parties in Hyderabad against CAA and NRC.

Saying that he has already spoke to several CMs, he said if necessary, he would hold anti-CAA and anti-NRC meeting “with 10 lakh people”.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said the Indian Constitution has given equal rights to people, irrespective of their religion, caste and region.

Terming CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) the biggest blunders of the BJP government, he urged the Prime Minister to recall the Act.

He noted that the country is facing criticism from intellectuals across the world on CAA and NRC.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president said TRS was opposed to such decisions and that was why it voted against the Bill in Parliament.

He said he had conveyed his feelings clearly to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, when the latter had called him for support to the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament. “Excluding one community, Muslims, in the name of CAA, pained me a lot”, he said.

KCR said there was no question of TRS compromising on secularism. “India cannot be converted into a Hindu nation. We are a secular country. This country belongs to all the people. We should continue to be secular,” he said.

He lashed out at the Centre for ignoring the crucial issues such as economic slowdown, unemployment and development.

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AIMIM denied permission for anti-CAA protest at Charminar


The Hyderabad police on Thursday rejected permission for a poetry and protest meeting against the CAA, NPR and NRC at the historic Charminar on the night of January 25 after BJP lodged its protest with the Police Commissioner.

The poetry and protest along with hoisting of the national flag at Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad, was planned by the United Muslim Action Committee, of which All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is a part.

However, hours after a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders called on Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, the organizers announced that the venue has been shifted to the Khilwat Ground.

AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted that the police rejected permission for the protest meeting and instead advised them to move it to nearby Khilwat Grounds.

He announced that the ‘Mushaira’ and protest meeting against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) will now be held at Khilwat Grounds. The national flag would be hoisted at midnight to usher in the Republic Day.

BJP’s Telangana unit chief K. Laxman had threatened that if AIMIM was permitted to hold the protest rally at Charminar, his party would hold a meeting at another place.

Laxman alleged that the police were denying permission to BJP for rallies and meetings but were allowing AIMIM to organise its programmes. He said AIMIM, through its programme at the Charminar, would spread communal disharmony.

It was earlier this month that Owaisi had announced the protest programme at Charminar. His party on Thursday stated that the programme will see participation by country’s leading Urdu poets.

“There is a long-standing tradition in Hyderabad to use poetry and satire to challenge tyranny and oppression, this ‘Festival of Democracy’ is part of this tradition. The goal of the event is to not only celebrate the Republic of India and its Constitution, but to also emphasise on the dangers to it from CAA, NPR and NRC,” the AIMIM said.

The event will see participation by well-known poets Rahat Indori, Sampat Saral and Lata Haya along with young voices such as Nabiya Khan, Aamir Aziz and Husain Haidry.

The line “kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai” from Indori’s poem has been a constant in anti-CAA protests being staged across the country. Aziz’s “Acche Din Blues” and “Main inkaar karta hoon” have also seen widespread popularity on the Internet.

Members of civil society and religious scholars of all faiths have been invited for the event, which is likely to see huge public turnout.

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SC declines to stay CAA-NPR


The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to pass any order to restrain the operation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) or National Population Register (NPR).

The top court gave four weeks time to the Centre to file counter affidavit and the hearing will take place in the fifth week.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde also indicated the probability of constituting a Constitution Bench to take up the matter on the next date of hearing.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) challenging the new law, urged the court to postpone the process for a few months.

However, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal opposed it saying it was equivalent to a stay.

“It means as good as granting stay on the operation of the law,” said the AG. Then the Chief Justice said: “We aren’t going to pass any such order today.”

The apex court said that the anti-CAA petitions from Assam and Tripura will be heard separately. The top court observed that Assam’s problem with CAA is different from rest of country in the backdrop of earlier cut off date for citizenship was March 24, 1971, which is under the newly amended citizenship law is Dec 31, 2014. Therefore, it is essential to segregate the Assam anti-CAA petitions for separate hearing from other pleas challenging CAA.

On a transfer petition filed by the Centre, the top court also restrained all High Courts from passing any rider on the CAA.

Senior advocate A.M. Singhvi cited that the UPA government had identified 40,000 to grant citizenship under the new law, and if the citizenship is granted then revoking it will be an irrevocable process.

The Chief Justice said there is a possibility to issue them some temporary permits for the time being. The AG contested it stating that the law itself talks about taking back the citizenship in certain situation.

“There are provisions to withdraw citizenship,” said the AG. The AG also told the bench that the government has received copies of nearly 60 pleas out of 143 petitions. Therefore, it will be appropriate to grant some time period to reply to pleas which have not been served.

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No threat to citizenship of Muslims: Naqvi


Union Minorities Affairs Minister Muktar Abbas Naqvi here on Sunday said there was no threat to citizenship of Muslims due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The Muslims were safe and secure and there was no threat to their citizenship, he said. “No citizen of the country will be affected due to implementation of the CAA,” Naqvi said talking to reporters on the sidelines of national handicrafts exhibition.

Ruling out any rollback of the CAA, he said it had come into force in the entire country, including Jammu and Kashmir.

The opposition parties had ganged up to mislead the nation, he said and added, they were trying to create panic among a section of the population.

Referring to remarks of some opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benrajee, that their states would not implement the CAA, the Minister said they need to read and understand the Constitution.

He termed as unconstitutional the ant-CAA resolution passed by the Kerala Assembly. No Assembly could supersede an Act passed by Parliament, he added.

The BJP leader said those misleading a section of people over the CAA were enemies of the country’s unity and harmony. “They are the biggest enemy of minorities, especially Muslims,” he said.

Naqvi said the CAA was aimed at providing citizenship to persecuted minorities of three countries and not aimed at snatching citizenship of any Indian.

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Thousands gather for Tiranga rally in Hyderabad


Thousands of people gathered for the Tiranga rally here on Friday to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Led by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, the rally began from the historic Mir Alam Eidgah.

The rally will culminate in a public meeting at the Shastripuram grounds, where Owaisi and other leaders of the United Muslim Action Committee will address the gathering.

Thousands of men and women marched from Eidgah, holding national flag and placards, demanding revocation of the CAA.

The rally began after Friday prayers at the Eidgah.

The open ground, which witnesses prayers only twice a year on the occasion of Eid, saw a massive gathering as people carrying national flags poured in from various parts of the city.

Moulana Rizwan Qureshi, imam of the Mecca Masjid, delivered the sermon and led the prayers.

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Not scared of cases, says Hyderabad Million March JAC


The organisers of ‘Million March’ held here on January 4 to protest against the CAA, NRC and NPR have said that they are not scared of the cases filed against them by the Hyderabad police.

“We are not scared of these cases. We will fight them legally,” Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor Mushtaq Malik told IANS on Thursday.

Police filed 25 cases against Malik and other organisers in various police stations in the city for allegedly violating the conditions laid down by the police while granting permission for the ‘Million March’.

Thousands of people had attended the ‘Million March’ against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) at Dharna Chowk in the heart of the city. The massive turnout had led to a traffic jam on major roads around the venue for over three hours.

While police said the permission was given for gathering of only 1,000 people, JAC, which comprises 40 organisations, said permission was granted for the ‘Million March’.

“Million does not mean 1,000,” said Malik.

He alleged that there is political pressure behind the police cases, but, however, did not elaborate.

The JAC convenor said the cases were filed despite the fact that it was a totally peaceful protest. He demanded that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government to withdraw the cases.

Malik and other organisers were booked for unlawful assembly, disobedience of an order by a public servant and wrongful restraint. Police have also initiated further action in the case by issuing notices to the accused under Section 41 (A) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, directing them to appear before the police.

The JAC leader said a team of lawyers was working to fight the cases.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), an ally of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), was not part of the march. It is organising a rally on Friday on the city outskirts as its leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said they were not given permission for the rally in the city.

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Non-BJP CMs avoid KCR, befriend with Jagan


The BJP-led NDA government’s moves on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) has led to severe protests across the country.

Chief Ministers of several non-BJP ruled states strongly opposed CAA, NRC and NPR and openly declared that they will not implement them in their respective states.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan went a step ahead and written letters to CMs of non-BJP ruled states seeking their support to fight against Centre’s moves on CAA, NRC and NPR.

Surprisingly, both these CMs have written letters to AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy but ignored Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Though KCR is also heading a non-BJP government in Telangana like Jagan’s YSRCP government in AP, both Mamata and Vijayan did not write letter to KCR seeking his support.

This led to speculations in political circles that non-BJP CMs still consider KCR as a ‘secret friend’ of BJP and for that reason they avoided him.

Jagan on the other hand openly declared that his government will not implement NRC in AP though his party supported CAA in the Parliament.

KCR opposed CAA and TRS voted against CAA in the Parliament but still KCR was ignored by non-BJP CMs.

The reason being cited is though KCR opposed CAA in the Parliament, he is still keeping silence on NRC and NPR, which led to suspicion among non-BJP CMs that KCR was secretly supporting Centre.

This led to political speculations that non-BJP CMs consider KCR as a BJP CM and Jagan as non-BJP CM.

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Thousands march in huge anti-CAA protest in Hyderabad


Thousands of people participated in a massive march here on Saturday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The ‘Million March’ against CAA, National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) drew huge crowds from twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and surrounding districts

Roads around Indira Park in the heart of the city were teeming with thousands of men, women and children carrying Indian flags, banners and placards and raising slogans against Narendra Modi government.

The protest organised by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising 40 Muslim and Dalit organisations brought traffic to halt on the main roads at Indira Park and Hussain Sagar lake, which connect the twin cities.

Citizens from various walks of life joined hands to participate in the march, so far the biggest protest against the CAA in Hyderabad.

Traders, lawyers, software engineers, other professional, students, activists and house wives converged at Dharna Chowk near Indira Park where police had made elaborate security arrangements.

Shops and business establishments were closed in parts of Hyderabad as the businessmen and traders turned out to participate in the march. Several educational institutions had also declared a holiday.

The participants were raising slogans like ‘Inquilab zindabad’, ‘Tanashahi nahi chalegi’, and ‘we reject NRC’.

They were carrying banners and placards with slogans like “We will die but not accept CAA, NRC and NPR” and “United against hate”.

“The real issues are economy, education and health and not Hindu-Muslim, Pakistan and NRC,” read a banner.

“CAA is discriminatory against Muslims. We will not accept it,” said Syed Sajid, a student participating in the march

“CAA is not the only issue. The government is going to start NPR which is nothing but the first step towards NRC,” said Zohra Begum, a housewife, holding the national flag.

“Our ancestors decided to remain in India on a call given by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This is our country. We were born here and will die here,” said another protester.

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Don’t want to make ‘irresponsible’ comments on CAA, says Kohli


India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday insisted that he doesn’t want to be irresponsible while talking on the sensitive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has radical opinions on both sides.

Widespread protests have been witnessed across the country over the CAA which provided a path to Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christian religious minorities that had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014.

With Guwahati witnessing massive protests against the CAA till some days back, Kohli, on the eve of the three-match T20I series opener against Sri Lanka, was asked about it and the Indian skipper used his words with utmost care.

“On the issue, I do not want to be irresponsible and speak on something that has, you know, radical opinions both sides,” Kohli said.

“I need to have total information, total knowledge of what it means and what is going on and then be responsible to give my opinion on it,” he added.

Kohli also said he will not like to get embroiled in a controversy by commenting on a subject that he doesn’t have full knowledge. “Because you can say one thing and then someone can say another thing. So, I would not like to get involved in something that I don’t have total knowledge of and it’s not going to be responsible on my part to comment on it.”

Guwahati had witnessed widespread protests before the CAB — now an act — was passed by both the houses of the Parliament. Curfew was imposed in many cities of Assam with internet also suspended.

However, as the state returns back to normalcy, Kohli also seemed satisfied with the security arrangements and said that the city is “absolutely safe”.

“The city is absolutely safe. We didn’t see any problems on the roads,” Kohli said.

The Assam Cricket Association has already made it clear that no items, expect mobile phones and purse, would be allowed inside the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. In addition to that, no banners and posters will be allowed.

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CAA a legacy issue, we’ll challenge the challengers: PM


Condemning violence over the new citizenship law, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the problem over the Citizenship Amendment Act was one of “legacy issues”, asserting that “we will challenge the challengers”.

More than a dozen people have died across Uttar Pradesh in protests against the law. The damage to public property is estimated around Rs 100 crore in seven districts of the state.

Addressing a gathering in the state capital after inaugurating the 25-ft tall bronze statue of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan, the state secretariat, Modi said the legacy problems included Article 370, Ram temple issue and Citizenship Amendment Act.

“We have solved some of the problems that we got as legacy…We will challenge the challengers,” he said, adding the way to give citizenship to refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan has been cleared.

The nation celebrated the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister also said that a government should work for future generations.

“So far, we have focused on our rights. But now, we should focus on our duties. A government should not work only for five years but also for five generations,” he said, adding those who damage public properties should question themselves. People should not believe in rumours and misinformation,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for development works he has undertaken in the state.

“Good governance is possible only when one takes an inclusive view. And, I am glad that Yodi Adityanath is following this,” he said.

Modi also laid the foundation of Atal Medical University in Lucknow and underlined the importance of preventive healthcare. He said programmes such as Swachch Bharat, Yoga and Fit India are a part of this.

“Preventive healthcare for animals is good for human health too,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said the priority of his government is “affordability of healthcare” and Ayushman Bharat is the biggest such scheme in the world.

He also said as an MP, Vajpayee had given a new identity to Lucknow and now (Union Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh is carrying forward the the good work.

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Thousands at Hyderabad meet to protest CAA


Thousands of people thronged the AIMIM headquarters ‘Darussalam’ here on Saturday night for the public meeting to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.

The meeting organized by United Muslim Action Committee, an umbrella of various Muslim groups, began with the national anthem.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and other leaders stood on the dais while many among the audience waved the national flag as the national anthem was recited.

The sprawling ground was filled to its capacity and the participants spilled over on to the surrounding roads to hear the speakers.

Owaisi, religious scholars and leaders of various groups including the Jamaat-e-Islami will be addressing the meeting.

Ladeeda Sakhaloon Farzana and Aysha Renna, the students of Jamia Millia Islamia, who became the face of anti-CAA protests, will also address the meeting, the biggest gathering in Hyderabad so far.

The organisers have also invited Aman Wadud, a human rights lawyer from Assam, to address the meeting.

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