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  India   All India  23 Dec 2019  Priyanka visits UP, meets kin of youth killed in stir

Priyanka visits UP, meets kin of youth killed in stir

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Dec 23, 2019, 2:56 am IST
Updated : Dec 23, 2019, 2:56 am IST

Meanwhile, activists have decided to come together and form a united front under the name “Alliance against CAA and NRC”.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with party leaders A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel and others holds a sit-in at India Gate in New Delhi on Monday in a show of solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia students. (Photo; Asian Age)
 Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with party leaders A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel and others holds a sit-in at India Gate in New Delhi on Monday in a show of solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia students. (Photo; Asian Age)

New Delhi: The Congress party opened another front against the Citizenship Act on Sunday, even as civil society activists formed a platform to resist the new legislation.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made a sudden trip to Uttar Pradesh, where nearly 20 people have been killed in violence related to NRC protests.

Ms Gandhi Vadra, who is the general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh for Congress, went to Bijnor and met families of two persons, killed in recent violence over the amended citizenship law.

Bijnor was one of the districts in Uttar Pradesh which has been affected by violence by anti-CAA protesters. UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu said that Ms Gandhi Vadra also interacted with people in the area.

In Delhi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have destroyed the future of the country’s youth.

Meanwhile, activists have decided to come together and form a united front under the name “Alliance against CAA and NRC”.

The participants in the Alliance have resolved to support the widespread public disapproval of the Citizenship Amendment Act. It noted with concern that the Act violates the basic secular structure of the Constitution of India as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other United Nations Covenants and Declarations.

It also decided to appeal to the state governments to challenge the CAA by invoking Article 131 of the Constitution and resolved to support the peaceful protests being currently organised all over India in around three dozen universities.

Among those who are part of the alliance include Ravi Nair, chairman, South Asia HR Doc Centre, Mujtaba Farooq, general secretary, AIMMM, Ambarish Rai, educational activist, Maulana Tauqir Raza, chairman, Ittehaad e Millat Council, Jaiwant Patankar, advocate and Maulana Mohd Wali Rahmani.

Tags: citizenship act, priyanka gandhi
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi