TMC, BSP and AAP to Skip Congress-Led Opposition Meeting On CAA Today

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The opposition parties will meet at 2 PM on Monday at Parliament to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), NRC and other current political situations in the country. The meeting called to showcase opposition unity will be skipped by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and BSP Supremo Mayawati.

Ms. Banerjee is upset by the faceoff between the Left and TMCs workers in West Bengal during last week’s trade union strike. She has described actions of Congress and Left as dirty politics, and decided to stay away from the meeting in Delhi.

I was the first to launch a movement against CAA, NRC. What the Left and the Congress are doing in the name of the CAA-NRC is not a movement but vandalism. What happened yesterday in the state — it is no more possible for me to attend the meeting anymore,” West Bengal CM stated last week.

Bahujan Samaj Party Chief, Mayawati is furious with Congress after all six MLAs of her party in Rajasthan were lured in by the Congress in September 2019. She has stated this reason for avoiding the meeting. In a series of tweets, BSP President lashed out at Congress for backstabbing her in Rajasthan and asserted that her party is against the CAA, NRC, and violence against the students in India.

It is well known that despite the support of the BSP to the Rajasthan Congress Government, it is for the second time that Congress broke the BSP MLAs and lured them in their party, which is completely unfaithful,” BSP chief Mayawati tweeted.

In such a situation, the joining of BSP in the meeting called by the opposition today under the leadership of the Congress would be demoralizing for the party workers in Rajasthan. Therefore, BSP will not attend this meeting,” Mayawati further added.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has stated that they have not been informed about any such meeting, so it doesn’t make sense to attend a meeting they have no information about.

We have no information about any such meeting. So, it makes no sense to attend a meeting we have no information about,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

The CAA allows non-Muslim minorities who came to India on or before 31st December 2014, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, to easily become Indian citizens. The opposition has described CAA unconstitutional and against the secular fabric of India. Critics have also claimed that the implementation of CAA and nationwide NRC will lead to the segregation of Muslims. The Union government has assured that the legislation is neither unconstitutional nor it affects Indian Muslims.

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