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Too many protests outside this Session

The most widespread protest was against the Citizenship Amendment Act. “People will never accept the law but the government has been pushing it. This is a communal stand of the government trying to include some religious minorities but excluding others.,” said Thokchom Yaphalembi Chanu, a member of the North-East Forum for International Solidarity

Dec 14, 2019, 11.25 AM IST
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New Delhi: The winter session of Parliament saw 12-14 protests every day in central Delhi, leading to lockdown of the city’s central area and traffic restrictions on even adjoining Sikandra Road and Bhagwan Das Road. The Central Secretariat, Lok Kalyan Marg and Udyog Bhawan metro stations too were closed to prevent protesters from reaching Parliament. The number of detentions for the protests varied between a few hundreds to 1000.

The most widespread protest was against the Citizenship Amendment Act. “People will never accept the law but the government has been pushing it. This is a communal stand of the government trying to include some religious minorities but excluding others. The government has been trying to contain the mass movement in Assam and Tripura. There should be a referendum on the matter,” said Thokchom Yaphalembi Chanu, a member of the North-East Forum for International Solidarity which protested at Jantar Mantar.

Another dominant protest was by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union against hike in hostel fees. The protest became chaotic on Monday when police lathi-charged a march taken out by JNU students in central Delhi. “The government is pushing its agenda in every sector. From October 30, the protest against the fee hike started. The fight is not of JNU alone. This is a fight of every student. The Right to Education is a constitutional right and the government is trying to take it away,” said JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh.

At the Mandi House circle, persons with disabilities have been holding protest against unemployment. Mangal Kumar, leading around 400 people said that in March last year the Railways opened Group D vacancies for persons with disabilities as per the reservation law. “After test results came out in April, the number of vacancies was increased according to 4% reservation as per the 2016 Act. There were 2,446 vacancies for us, but only 900 were filled. We don’t know what happened to the rest,” said Kumar.

There have been several protests since last week against rape, especially after the Unnao rape victim died. Even the Delhi Commission for Women held a protest march to Parliament demanding capital punishment for rapists and chairperson Swati Maliwal is on an indefinite hunger strike. The Delhi Police is tasked with ensuring protests are under control. “There have been 12-14 protests daily since the beginning of Parliament session. Today (Friday) there are about 13 protests,” a police officer said.


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