Rally taken out by Lok Adhikar Manch, supported by BJP
A day after the Congress took out a rally to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) a larger number of people rallied in support of the Act here on Sunday. The rally, which was held under the banner of Lok Adhikar Manch was also supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party with the party’s state president and MP Ajay Bhatt, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Prem Chand Agrawal, MLAs and party office bearers also participating in the rally.
Thousands of people including a number of people form the border areas of Dehradun district first congregated at the Parade Ground on Sunday morning. To the accompaniment of dhol-nagadas
and loudspeakers, the rally got underway at about 12 PM from the ground. The crowd rallied past the Astley Hall and Clock Tower before entering the Paltan Bazaar amidst heavy deployment of police personnel. From the bazaar, the rally passed through Dispensary Road, Darshanlal Chowk and Lansdowne Chowk to culminate at the Parade Ground. Raising slogans in support of the CAA, the demonstraters also appealed to the public to desist from believing in rumours and misinformation.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the BJP State president and MP Ajay Bhatt said that opposition political parties were intentionally spreading misinformation among the masses regarding the CAA. Stressing that this Act will not affect the status of any Indian citizen, he said that some political parties are spreading rumours and misinforming the public in order to gain dubious political benefit. Alleging that those heading the protest against CAA were misguiding the general public, he said that the people of India are wise and stand in support with the Government of India’s decision regarding the CAA. He said that the large number of people rallying in support of the Act was proof of this. The rally was not that of the BJP but also of the common citizens of India who had participated in large numbers in the demonstration, he added.
Meanwhile, while many people rallied carrying the national flag, a representation of the tri-colour about 72 feet in length was also carried by the demonstrators.
Monday, 30 December 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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