Delhi, Feb 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
addressing his first rally in Delhi on Monday ahead of the Assembly elections,
said the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in
several parts of the national capital are a conspiracy and not a coincidence.
He accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress of fuelling the
cited the examples of Shaheen Bagh, where women have been at the forefront of
anti-CAA protests since December 15 last year, and Jamia Millia Islamia, where
students and others have repeatedly agitated against the contentious
it Seelampur, Jamia or Shaheen Bagh, protests were held over the past several
days regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Is this performance just a
coincidence? No. This is a conspiracy,” Modi said in east Delhi’s Karkardooma.
“There is a design of politics behind it, which is going to ruin the harmony of
said people commuting to and from Noida are facing a lot of problems due to the
Shaheen Bagh protests, where a stretch of road has been blocked by agitators.
people of Delhi are quiet and they are angry watching this vote bank
politics,” he said. “People of Delhi are facing inconvenience due to the
Shaheen Bagh protest.”
the strength of those plotting a conspiracy increases, then another road or
lane will be blocked. We can’t leave Delhi to such anarchy,” he said.
“Only the people of Delhi can stop this. Every vote given to the BJP can
Shaheen Bagh protests have taken centre-stage in the BJP poll campaign with the
top party leadership raking it up in every rally.
comments come days after an incident of firing at the protest site in southeast
Delhi, where a 25-year-old man fired two rounds in the air, triggering panic.
The man was later arrested. No one was injured.
incident of firing at Shaheen Bagh came two days after a youth fired a pistol
at a group of anti-CAA protesters near Jamia University. The minor was later
arrested. The opposition parties had then accused junior finance minister
Anurag Thakur for inciting the attack with his “goli maaro saalon ko”
(shoot them down) slogan at a Delhi election rally.
accused the ruling AAP and the Congress of provoking the people of Shaheen
the protests had been against one law, it would have ended after assurances of
the government,” Modi said. “But AAP and Congress are provoking people. The
Constitution and Tricolour are being kept in front and attention is being
diverted from the real conspiracy.”
the AAP and the BJP have been engaged in a war of words over the Shaheen Bagh
protests. While a number of BJP leaders have repeatedly claimed those
protesting at Shaheen Bagh are working for Pakistan and to break up the nation,
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that both law and order and Delhi
Police come under the ambit of the central government. Union home minister Amit
Shah could get the blocked roads cleared in minutes, but that may not help his
party to garner votes for the February 8 assembly elections, Kejriwal alleged.
also took a swipe at the Congress, claiming those who questioned the Batla
House encounter are now saving those who raised ‘tukde tukde’ slogans. He also
slammed Kejriwal and said they had questioned the Army on surgical strikes.
promised that the BJP-led Central government will provide ‘pucca’ houses to all
poor families by 2022, claiming the AAP will continue to stall welfare schemes
for people if it is voted back to power.
said his government was finding solutions to decades-old problems affecting the
country and cited the regularisation of unauthorised colonies to assert that
the BJP had fulfilled its promise to the people of Delhi.
delivered on our promise to people of Delhi that we will regularise
unauthorised colonies,” Modi said.