While massive protests are going on against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 across India, a snap poll reveals that around 62 per cent of the country’s citizens are in favour of the new Act.
The IANS-CVoter snap poll was released on Saturday.
The protest against the CAA, 2019, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11 night, originated in Assam.
But the protest now has engulfed most of the other parts of the country.
The CAA, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha in the intervening night of December 9 and 10.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019 became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill on December 12.
According to media reports, the snap poll was carried out on over 3,000 citizens across the country from December 17 to 19.
During the period of the survey, samples were collected from over 500 people each in Assam, other parts of Northeast and the Muslim community.
As per the report, 62.1 pc of the people across the country revealed that they support the CAA, 2019 while 36.8 pc of the people said they were against the new citizenship Act.
The report further showed that in east, west, north and south India, 57.3, 64.2, 67.7 and 58.5 pc of people were in favour of the Act, respectively.
According to the report 42.7 pc of the people in the east, 35.4 pc in the west, 31.2 pc in the north and 38.8 pc of the people in the south expressed that they were not in support of the CAA.
According to the CAA, 2019, persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who came to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014, would be granted Indian citizenship.
Massive protests erupted in Assam against the CAA. The protests turned violent in Guwahati where a total of four protestors were killed in police firing.
Curfew was clamped, the Army was deployed and the mobile internet services were suspended as the law and order situation in Guwahati and various other parts of Assam became volatile.
Other northeastern states also witnessed anti-CAA protest. The Army was also deployed in Tripura.
In the northeastern states, the report highlighted that 50.6 pc of people are in favour of the Act while 47.4 pc opposed the new Act.
As per the survey, in Assam, 68.1 pc of people are against the CAA while 31 pc are in favour of it.
The report further revealed that 63.5 pc of the Muslims were against the Act while 35.5 pc of them supported it while 0.9 per cent said they don’t know or cannot comment.
Among the Hindus, 66.7 pc supported the new Act while 32.3 pc of them were against it.