Widespread protest against citizenship bill in Mumbai

 Widespread protest against citizenship bill in Mumbai

EC News Desk

Mumbai, December 14, 2019: Condemning the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, (CAB), 2019, in unequivocal terms, members of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (Maharashtra) staged a protest in Mumbai’s historical Azad Medan and various parts of Maharashtra on Friday.

Displaying placards terming the CAB “communal” “discriminatory” and “unconstitutional”, the protesters raised slogans demanding immediate scrapping of the bill protect the nation’s secular fabric. Many people from all over Mumbai gathered in Azad Medan and participated in the protest. They carried placards with slogans such as: ‘Reject CAB! Boycott NRC! Save Constitution! We oppose CAB! We don’t want CAB!

The CAB, that now became a law after the passage from both Lok Sabha and Rajiya Sabha and after getting the consent of the President of India, aims to protect non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution. Under the Bill, any person belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian faith from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan will not be considered an illegal immigrant if the person entered into India on or before December 31, 2014.

On this occasion many social activists and responsible figures of the city were present in the protest and they addressed the gathering. Speaking to the people, Maulana Mohammad Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director of Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Centre (MMERC), said, “Enough is enough! We don’t have more patience. It’s over now. We will never accept this law and will continue protesting until the government withdraws the CAB.” He also said that the government did not intend to show sympathy over religiously prosecuted minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan but it intended to advance its communal agenda. “Discrimination against any community on the basis of religion is against the core spirits of the Indian Constitution and a violation of Article 14. We can sacrifice our soles to protect our country and its constitution”, Maulana Qasmi said.

Famous advocate Tahoor Pathan also was present on the occasion and addressed the people saying that the CAB is unconstitutional that we will never accept and we are ready for any sacrifice for our country. He also said, ‘I am quite sure that no individual citizen would be dropped out from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the entire country including Maharashtra but the government is doing this to set its particular agenda.

The MH state president of Jamiat spoke to the people saying Jamiat will continue the protest all over the country until the government takes the law back because it does not make sense and is against the spirit of the constitution.  He also thanked the participants who came from different parts of Mumbai city.

The MMERC students participated in the protest and raised the slogans against the law. Along with the students there were teachers too from MMER, Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qasmi, Maulana Muaz Muddassir Qasmi, Mufti Faheem Usmani Qasmi and Maulana Wasim Qasmi who also participated in the drive from MMERC staffers.