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People gathered in large numbers at Azad Maidan in Panaji to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Thousands converge in city to oppose CAA

Panaji: Thousands of Goans on Wednesday expressed opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and pledged to oppose its implementation in the state, terming it unconstitutional.

Gathered at Azad Maidan in the city in protest, they said, in Goa, politics of ‘minority- majority’ will not work and asked the government not to play with the sentiments of Goans. They challenged the Chief Minister and BJP and cautioned them not to bring a divide among the people based on religions.

They passed a resolution condemning the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill and a hasty approval to it.

“We demand that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act be withdrawn immediately as it violates the basic secular character of the Indian Constitution.  We further demand that the BJP government at the Centre, henceforth, takes care to preserve secular character and spirit of the Constitution,” they voiced through the resolution.

A strong crowd of over 5000 people from all walks of life had gathered at the historic Azad Maidan to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with tricolor and black flags amidst shouting of slogans calling for saving of the Constitution.

Prominent among those were activist Arvind Bhatikar, Claude Alvares, Asif Hussain, Pradeep Padgaonkar, Dr Oscar Rebello, M K Shaikh, Prakash Kamat,  Rashida Muzawar, Elvis Gomes, Rahul Mhambre, Shaikh Muzaffar, freedom fighter Naguesh Karmali,  Amarnath Panjikar.

It was stated that in order to hide failure of fulfilling the promise of bringing ‘acche din’, the central government was coming out with such Acts to keep the common man distracted.

Many stated that the CAA was the BJP government’s tactic to divert the attention of the people from serious issue of rape cases, inflation, unemployment and economy failure.

They raised concern over detention camp being constructed to detain people who do not possess valid citizenship documents.

“We need to teach our children constitutional lessons and create awareness about their rights while teaching them about religious scriptures and spiritualism in temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras,” they said.

Writers, artists, singers, who are attending the Serendipity Arts Festival in the state, also joined the protest. 

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