This Sunday, Congress to lead anti-CAA protest on PM Modi's mega-rally day

This Sunday, Congress to lead anti-CAA protest on PM Modi's mega-rally day

EC News Desk

New Delhi, December 22, 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a mega rally this morning to launch the BJP's campaign for the assembly elections in Delhi next year. The rally comes amid ongoing protests across the country against the new citizenship law. He will begin his address at around 11:30 am at Ramlila Maidan, about a kilometre away from Daryaganj in the old quarter of Delhi that was hit by violence on Friday during the protests against the amended Citizenship Act.

The rally comes weeks after the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill - legislation to grant ownership rights to residents of Delhi's unauthorised colonies - cleared parliament on December 4. The BJP will endorse the centre's move at today's event where a total of 11 lakh signatures by residents of these colonies will be handed over to the Prime Minister as a gesture of gratitude.

The Congress too plans mega protests in the city with all the Gandhis and its top brass present –this after it faced major slamming for not being seen prominently at the nationwide anti-CAA and anti-NRC rallies.

According to Congress leaders, all senior leaders including interim chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will be present. Party sources said that Rahul Gandhi will be at the protest venue right after his returning from South Korea on the day.

The protest in the city over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register for Citizens (NRC) will start at 2 p.m. and will be till 6 p.m.

The decision to hold protest in the city was taken after Congress General Secretary (Organisation) K.C. Venugopal, party general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia among others met at the party headquarters on Saturday evening.

(With inputs from NDTV)