Objecting Citizenship Act in its entirety, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav opposed the legislation and also opposed the execution of the National Register of Citizens. While speaking about the current BJP rule, Samajwadi Party leader also accused the government machinery of harming the atmosphere of peace.
In a press conference, Akhilesh Yadav urged the public to carry out the protests in a peaceful manner. The leader also appealed the masses ton not resort to the violence. As quoted by ANI, he said, “Earlier, this government forced the people to stand in long queues to withdraw the cash during the demonetization. Now they want the citizens to stand in line for their rights due to the NRC.”
Akhilesh Yadav further pointed out at the fact that the economy has collapsed and the security situation in the country. He said, “Today, women are not safe. Unemployment is on the rise. Farmers are in distress. Businesses have been slowed down. The BJP is cheating in the name of the economy. To divert the attention from these issues, the CAA was brought in.”
Speaking further, Akhilesh Yadav hit out at existing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for not allowing him to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh. The scheduled anniversary celebration was to be celebrated on December 23, but it couldn’t be carried in spirit because of the imposition of Section 144. He also questioned the validity of Sectio 144 for the Prime Minister and said, “Is this Section 144 not applicable for the Prime Minister of the country? I appeal to my press colleagues to save the Constitution and save this country. You have also contributed in the past for the same.”
Akhilesh Yadav also shared a tweet through his official account that attacked the Citizenship Act and called it a violation of the Constitution.
The CAA has destroyed the right to equality enshrined in our constitution.
NRC will effect the migrant poor, tribals and even our Holy men who wander everywhere without any worldly belongings. We should learn meaning of religion from them and not from those who lust for power. pic.twitter.com/Ly3HTltS0w
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 22, 2019