Citizenship Protest: Sonia And Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Read Constitution
New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were among the Congress leaders read out the preamble to the Constitution on Monday as the party held a protest at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Raj Ghat in Delhi against the citizenship law.
The protest organised by Congress was called "Satyagraha" and it also featured chief ministers like Kamal Nath (Madhya Pradesh) and Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), called for the protection of fundamental rights in the Constitution.
The Congress said there is widespread resentment against the BJP government's decision, with people across the country, especially the youth, protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act that, for the first time, makes religion the test of citizenship in India.
The act will help minorities from the Muslim-dominated countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to get citizenship if they fled to India before 2015 because of religious persecution, says government. According to critics, it is designed to discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principals of the constitution.
The Congress has also backed students protesting against the BJP government and denounced the use of "indiscriminate police force" against ordinary citizens in the name of maintaining law and order.
Earlier today, both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked young people to join the protest and read out the Constitution.
"Dear Students and youth of India, it's not good enough just to feel India. At times like these, it's critical to show that you're India and won't allow India to be destroyed by hatred. Join me today at 3 p.m. at Rajghat, to protest against the hate and violence unleashed on India by Modi-Shah," Rahul Gandhi tweeted in the morning.
The Congress leader, Priyanka Gandhi also tweeted saying the country is a shared relationship and a shared dream.
"The Constitution is our power. We have to save the country from the politics of divide and rule. Come, be a part of the reading of the Constitution text with me..." she tweeted in Hindi.