Congress leaders have come under criticism for not coming out in large numbers to support those who are in the frontlines of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Barring the party’s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who joined protesters at India Gate last week, few other Congress leader were seen on the streets.
The harshest criticism over the Congress’s ‘absence’ from the protests came from election strategist and Janata Dal United leader Prashant Kishor, who hit out at the “largely absent” Congress as intermittent protests against the citizenship law continue to sweep the country.
“Congress is not on the streets and its top leadership has been largely absent in the citizens’ fight against CAA-NRC. The least the party could do is to make all Congress CMs join other CMs who have said that they will not allow NRC in their states (sic),” Mr Kishor tweeted on Friday, referring to the amended law and the National Register of Citizens.
“Or else these statements mean nothing,” he added, pointing to a statement by Congress president Sonia Gandhi last week against the government over the crackdown on protests.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act for the first time makes religion the test of citizenship in India. The government says it will help minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries to get citizenship if they fled to India before 2015 because of religious persecution. Critics say it is designed to discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.