Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Sunday joined a protest meet here against the amended Citizenship Act, and said it is time people unite to send across a message that the country belongs to everyone. The protest meet was held at 'Rajgruha', the house of Dr B R Ambedkar in Mumbai, where Bhatt was joined by Congress leader Sanjay Jha, among others. "It's time for people to stand up and say this country belongs to each one of us and it is the might and the will of each one of us that has finally found an expression...," Bhatt said, addressing a gathering.
We the people of India , having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.( At Ambedkar’s abode . After reading the Preamble of our Constitution.) @ShashiTharoor @JhaSanjay @mathewmantony pic.twitter.com/OsFoagg3PI— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) December 15, 2019
"That curve hascome, India has spoken this Sunday morning. All of you gathering here is an evidence that the core, soul of India is alive," he said. "Today we dedicate ourselves to the core idea of India which has been spelt out by our predecessors in this sacred document which we all swear and live by," the filmmaker added. The Preamble to the Constitution of India was read out by those present at the protest meet. The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) was approved by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha recently, and became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to it on Thursday night.
Thanks @MaheshNBhatt for taking this pledge and kicking off a national campaign against Citizenship Amendment.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) December 15, 2019
Let's all take this pledge and invite another person to defend our constitution and boycott CAB based NRC.
I begin with @pbhushan1 pic.twitter.com/82qKR9gnDW
AIPC Maharashtra protested against unconstitutional #CAB in different parts of Maharashtra. In Mumbai Preamble reading was lead by @AnandrjAmbedkar @JhaSanjay @MaheshNBhatt @mathewmantony @sumedhbgaikwad at Dr. Ambedkar's House, Rajgruha ! @ShashiTharoor @bb_thorat @SalmanSoz pic.twitter.com/tGC2kxUuW1— AIPC - Maharashtra (@AIPCMaha) December 15, 2019
The Act paves the way for granting Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who have migrated after facing religious persecution in their respective country.
Meanwhile, tough security measures continue at Aligarh Muslim University as a precautionary measure amid student protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Violent protests continue in Kolkata and several parts of Assam - which is the epicenter of the protests. While two persons were killed in police firing in the state on Thursday, tens of thousands of protesters against CAB descended on the streets of Assam on Wednesday, clashing with police, with a large number of protestors detained by the police in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, etc.
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