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Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests are by design: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the protests against the new citizenship law in Shaheen Bagh and other areas here are not a coincidence but an “experiment” and a political conspiracy to destroy the country’s harmony, as he accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress of fuelling the stir for vote bank politics.

Addressing his first rally here ahead of the Delhi assembly polls on February 8 at Karkardooma, the Prime Minister referred to his government’s initiatives for the city and for the country, made promises and also put the spotlight on the ongoing protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Alleging that the protests in Shaheen Bagh – the epicentre of the stir in Delhi – and other parts of the national capital are not “coincidental” but “experimental”, he said Delhi’s ruling AAP and the Congress were provoking people and misinforming them and asked voters to back the BJP because Delhi could not be left to anarchy.

The two parties were keeping the Constitution and tricolour in the forefront, but the aim was to “divert attention from the real conspiracy”, Modi said in his nearly one-hour-long speech in Karkardooma in East Delhi. The people of Delhi are quiet and they are angry watching this vote bank politics, he said.

“If the strength of those plotting a conspiracy increases, then another road or lane will be blocked. We can’t leave Delhi to such anarchy. Only people of Delhi can stop this. Every vote given to the BJP can do this,” he said.

“Be it Seelampur, Jamia (Nagar) or Shaheen Bagh, for the last several days, there have been protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Are these protests coincidental? No, this is not coincidental, it is an experiment,” he added. Behind the protests, Modi said, is a political design aimed at destroying the national harmony. “In the India of 21st century, politics of hate will not work. Only politics of development will,” he added.

Referring to the protests in Shaheen Bagh, on the Delhi-Noida border, he said people commuting to and from the satellite city are facing a lot of problems.

The Shaheen Bagh protests are at the centre of the BJP poll campaign with the top party leadership raking it up in every rally. The BJP has also accused the AAP of supporting the protests at Shaheen Bagh.

Modi said the Supreme Court and the High Court have expressed their dissatisfaction over the violence during protests and the destruction of property. “But these people don’t care about courts. They don’t accept what the court says and talk about the Constitution,” he said.

In December, several parts of the national capital witnessed widespread protests against the amended Citizenship Act.

Modi also took a swipe at the Congress, saying those who questioned the Batla House encounter in the capital are now saving those who raised ‘tukde tukde’ slogans.

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