Congress To Conduct Peaceful Protests In Bhubaneswar

The Congress party, which has been a minor opposition in the state, has announced to stage a peaceful protest rally in Bhubaneswar on December 28. In the last couple of weeks, a sizeable number of Muslims have been organizing peaceful protests in various parts of Bhadrak, Jajpur, and Kendrapara.

Since the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed on 12 December 2019, the nation has seen a series of protests against the law. Major protests began in Assam, Delhi, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura on 4 December 2019, and have since spread across India.

Protests in Odisha have also gathered pace against the amended Citizenship Act and the National Register of Citizens. Political parties and people from all communities including student unions, activists of the Left parties and civil society organizations have been participating in these protests.

Despite Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s statement that the CAA had nothing to do with Indian citizens and that his party MPs do not support the NRC, the Muslim community is still apprehensive. This disbelief has risen due to BJD’s support to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in both Houses of Parliament.

On the other hand, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and other right-wing organizations that support the Bharatiya Janata Party have organized protests at different places in support of the CAA and the NRC. These pro-NRC and pro-CAA protests have had a smaller number of people compared to the number of protestors against the bill.