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‘Ready to Meet Him Tomorrow’: Shaheen Bagh Protesters Accept Amit Shah’s Proposal for Discussion to Dispel CAA Doubts

The agitators, who have been demonstrating at the locality in southeast Delhi since mid-December, said they are not seeking an appointment and it’s now for Shah to decide whether to meet them or not.

File photo: Demonstrators attend a protest against a new citizenship law in Shaheen Bagh, area of New Delhi, India January 19, 2020. (Reuters)

New Delhi: Protesters at Shaheen Bagh on Saturday said said they are willing to speak to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discuss the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The agitators, mostly women, have been demonstrating at the locality in southeast Delhi since mid-December.

The comments come a day after Shah said anyone who wants to discuss issues related to the CAA with him can seek time from his office. “(We) will give time within three days,” he had said at a programme in the national capital on Thursday.

“We accept Amit Shah’s proposal for a discussion. We are ready to meet at 2pm tomorrow. We are not seeking any appointment,” said the protesters on Saturday. “Now it’s for Home Minister Amit Shah to decide whether to meet us (and where) or not.”

According to a report in India Today, the protesters intend to march to Shah’s residence with a charter of demands.

“Amit Shah ji invited the entire country to come and meet him to discuss issues related to the CAA. So, we will be going to meet him. We don’t have any delegation, anyone who has an issue with the CAA will be going,” news agency ANI quoted them as saying.

Shah on Thursday Strongly had defended the CAA, which provides for Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and said there is no such provision in the new law that will take away the citizenship of Muslims.

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Source: News18