Ghulam Nabi Azad
Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Tuesday. Image credit - Northeast Now

Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said the BJP has lost the Jharkhand polls due to Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019.

Aza said this while addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Tuesday and added that the people of Maharashtra and Haryana had also voted against the BJP in the past.

“The more controversial Bills they will pass, the more the party will lose,” he said adding that while they have lost Jharkhand over the CAB, New Delhi will be the next.

The CAB, 2019 became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill on December 12, 2019.

He said the government has tortured students across the country for opposing the CAA, 2019.

“Never before in India, the students’ community in India had witnessed such torture,” Azad said.

He said the BJP is trying to divide the unified voice of Northeast over the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

“The situation in Northeast India is different than the rest of the country. As the northeastern states have been protesting against the CAA jointly, the BJP is trying to divide the protesters by allowing ILP to some states,” he said.

Appreciating the secularism in Northeast, Azad said Assam and other parts of the region have always been secular.

“The secularism in the society in Northeast has led to the unity among the Hindu, Muslims, and Christians here,” he added.

The senior Congress leader said the BJP has also failed to ensure a proper National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam.

“There are so many genuine Indian citizens among those excluded by the NRC.”

“While someone’s son is excluded, someone’s daughter is excluded. The government must correct the same to ensure that no one suffers unnecessarily,” he said.

Slamming the BJP government at the Centre, Azad said the government has failed to fulfil its promises.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to bring back the black money from abroad and give it to the people of the country.”

“They have also failed to provide jobs to the youths of the country. Demonetization has led to the closure of profit-making units in the country,” he said.


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