Another big setback for PM Narendra Modi over controversial citizenship amendment Act 2019
NEW DELHI - In India, leftist parties, traders, farmers and agriculture workers have announced a seven-day nationwide protest from Wednesday and a general strike on 8th of next month against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.
In a joint statement, all these parties said the protest programme was announced in solidarity with the trade unions, which have also called a general strike on 8th of next month.
Meanwhile, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks drew sharp criticism in which he slammed the people calling for protests in the country against the new citizenship law.
Retired and serving military officers accused Indian Army Chief of needless wading into the raging political controversy over the citizenship law.
Meanwhile, US based daily the Los Angeles Times says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s record as leader of the world’s largest democracy has been blighted due to his government's religiously biased policies against Muslims.
In an article, the paper reports that Indian government has enforced harsh laws against public gatherings and blocked internet access, making it difficult for protesters to gather and to report official abuses.
The paper quoted a fact finding report by human rights activists which says that Indian forces targeted Muslims and fired stun grenades and bullets at them along with using religious slurs during recent protests against citizenship law.