Washington: The US State Department says that it is closely monitoring the issue of citizenship amendment law in India. Along with this, appealed to the protesters to stay away from violence and the administration to protect and respect the rights of peaceful demonstrations. A spokesman for the US State Department told news agency ANI, ‘We are closely monitoring the issue of citizenship amendment law. We urge the administration that the rights of peaceful demonstration should be protected and respected. We also appeal to the protesters to stay away from violence.
The US State Department Ministry said that religious freedom and equality rights are fundamental principles of both our democracies. America has urged India to protect the rights of its religious minorities.
At the same time, there were protests in Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi against police action and the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act in many parts of the country on Monday. Leaders and social workers were also seen supporting the demonstration. At some places, these demonstrations were peaceful, while elsewhere it took violent form.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called these demonstrations sad and disappointing and appealed for peace. The impact of police action against Jamia students and anger against citizenship law was seen from Uttar Pradesh to Kerala and Maharashtra to West Bengal. The opposition united under the leadership of the Congress against the action of the police on the students of Jamia. Apart from Congress, the leaders of four other political parties held a joint press conference and demanded a probe by the Supreme Court judge into the events in the Jamia campus on Sunday evening.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, ‘The central government is fully responsible for the violence in the country by bringing a law which is being opposed all over the country and all opposition parties are opposing. If the government does not bring this law, then there would be no violence. Under the leadership of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress also staged a silent demonstration at India Gate from 4 pm to 6 pm. Priyanka said, “The attack on students is a blow to the soul of India.” While his mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi issued a statement, the BJP accused the BJP of creating instability in the country.