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Shaheen Bagh protesters to march to Amit Shah’s residence on Sunday, demand revoking CAA

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Protesters at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi have announced they will march to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence tomorrow with a charter of demands. They said their primary demand is to revoke the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

However, sources in the Home Ministry told India Today TV they haven’t received any such request for meeting so far.

The march to Amit Shah’s residence is expected to start at 2pm tomorrow.

Speaking to mediapersons in Shaheen Bagh, the protesters said they have decided to go to Amit Shah’s residence because he recently announced that anyone who has a problem with CAA can meet him and discuss the problem.

“Amit Shah ji ne yeh kaha tha ki kisi ko is kanoon se pareshani hai toh mera paas aayen. Shaheen Bagh ko is kanoon se takleef hai. Is liye Shaheen Baagh ke sab log kal Amit Shah ji ke paas jayega (Amit Shah had said if anyone has any problem with the CAA, then he/she can meet him and discuss the problem. Shaheen Bagh has problem with CAA and that’s why tomorrow everyone in Shaheen Bagh will march to Amit Shah’s residence),” one of the protesters said.

The protesters said they will not be sending any delegation to meet the home minister, but rather “every person will be part of the delegation”.

Since December 15, Shaheen bagh has become the epicentre of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the national capital. The protesters, mostly women, have staged a continuous sit-in and have been demanding withdrawal of the CAA.

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 owing to religious persecution will not be treated as illegal immigrants but will be given Indian citizenship. The law excludes Muslims.

Those opposing the law have been contending that it discriminates on the basis of religion and violates the Constitution. They have also alleged that the CAA along with the NRC is intended to target the Muslim community in India.

However, the central government has dismissed these allegations, maintaining that the law is intended to give citizenship to persecuted people from the three neighbouring countries and not to take away citizenship from anyone.

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