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‘BJP will pay a heavy price for its stubbornness on CAA’

Amarinder Singh. File

Amarinder Singh. File  

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Govt. that refuses to heed voice of its people is bound to collapse: Amarinder

A day after former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated that the Centre would implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) at any cost, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party would have to “pay a heavy price for such stubbornness”.

“An elected government that refuses to heed the voice of its people or respond to their anger is bound to lose their confidence and collapse,” said the Punjab CM, adding that the BJP’s stance on the issue smacked of a “dangerously fascist approach that would lead to their [the BJP’s] eventual downfall”.

Capt. Amarinder said that as far as his government was concerned, there was no way it would allow the brazenly divisive Act to be implemented in Punjab. “You cannot force us to do so,” he said, even as he reiterated that neither he nor the Congress was against grant of citizenship to persecuted minorities in other countries, such as Sikhs in Pakistan, but they were completely opposed to the discrimination in the CAA against certain religious communities, including Muslims.

“Despite the nationwide public outrage over the controversial CAA, the BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government at the Centre was refusing to acknowledge the unconstitutionality of the legislation,” said the Punjab Chief Minister, hitting out at Mr. Chouhan for his “shockingly inconsiderate remarks” on the issue.

In a statement, Capt. Amarinder said Mr. Chouhan had “absolutely no idea what he was talking about, nor had he bothered to study the Act”, which has triggered massive public protests across the country. These protests, he said, were not “the brainchild of the Congress’ or any other party”, as Mr. Chouhan was claiming, but the result of a spontaneous outrage among Indians cutting across religious and party lines.

‘No personal stake’

“Does Mr. Chouhan really believe that the lakhs of people, including youth and students, who had come out on the streets to brave bullets and lathis, were Congress supporters?” said Capt. Amarinder. “Can’t he or the other BJP leaders hear the voice of these protesters, majority of whom have no personal stake in the matter?” he added.

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