West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hit the streets of Kolkata along with several partymen and pledged not to allow the proposed country-wide NRC and the amended Citizenship Act in West Bengal.
The TMC supremo began the protest march from Red Road near the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar in Kolkata.
Ahead of the rally, Mamata paid homage to Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Mamata also administered the pledge that “We are all citizens. Communal harmony is our motto. We will not allow NRC. We will not allow CAB.”
Earlier in the day, Mamata in a tweet said, “A mega rally will be held today in #Kolkata to protest against unconstitutional #CABBill & #NRC. It will begin at 1pm near the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on Red Road & end at Jorasanko Thakurbar.”
“Come, let us all, every section of society, join this people’s movement in a peaceful manner within the ambit of law,” she added.
After the citizenship Act passed by Rajya Sabha, several states in the country boiled in protests against the bill.
On Sunday evening, protests against the law turned violent in Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University and the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh. Many students and policemen were injured in clashes.
The Supreme Court today said it will hear petitions on the police action against student groups protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, held in Jamia and Aligarh University only when the violence stops.
“Let the rioting stop (first). Just because they happen to be students, it doesn’t mean they can take law in their own hands or destroy public properties, this has to be decided when things cool down,” said Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.