Bengaluru: Since the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in both the lower House (Lok Sabha) and upper House (Rajya Sabha) and signed by the President of India, promulgating the Bill into the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, the country has observed widespread protests by Opposition parties, with the Congress party on the frontlines. Even today, protests are obeserved in many parts of the country and have even resulted in the deaths of ten of individuals and hundreds of injuries.
Some reports suggest that the Congress party has decided to lower the intensity of the protests, and “gradually” come out of “protest mode” against the CAA and shift their focus to other social-economic issues of the country.
Reports state that sources from the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) say that the state Congress leaders have also decided to back off from the protests, keeping in mind that these displays could backfire and damage the party’s image, as the people of the country and the state know the pros and cons of the Act.
Some party leaders, according to reports, have even said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government was not in a position to revoke the Act as both the PM and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in several of pro-CAA rallies had clearly stated that there was no question of backing off from implementing the Act.
Political experts have also said that the Congress leaders across the country are ‘satisfied’ looking at the response of the minorities, especially Muslims, against the CAA. According to the experts, the Congress party has succeeded in turning the Muslims against the BJP and creating a ‘make-believe’ situation that the CAA would affect their citizenship.