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    Assam: Amit Shah remains Shhhhh on CAA

    The BJP-leader avoided the elephant in the room by swiftly avoiding talks on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

    Assam: Amit Shah remains Shhhhh on CAA Guwahati: After announcing the implementation of CAA during his Bengal visit on early November, Amit Shah remained mum over the topic while he was addressing a meeting here in Guwahati, Assam on Saturday.

    The minister during his visit to West Bengal earlier said “The rules of the CAA are yet to be framed as such massive process could not be carried out because of the corona. As soon as (COVID-19) vaccination starts and corona cycle breaks, we will consider it.”

    Shah also emphasized that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be implemented only after Hindus and other minorities from India’s neighbouring countries were granted citizenship through CAA.

    However, in his two-day visit to Assam, Shah addressed a BJP party meeting at Amingaon in Guwahati, where he laid foundation stone for various projects and inaugurated nine law colleges in Assam.

    But the minister avoided the elephant in the room by swiftly avoiding talks on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

    Instead Shah spoke on how Assam’s peace and progress were disturbed by agitations.

    “In Assam, there was a period of movements. Many agitations were launched over different issued in which hundreds of youth were killed. The peace of Assam was disturbed and the development was halted,” said the BJP leader.

    Shah further added, “There was a time when separatists used to give arms in the hands of the youth in these states (Northeast). Almost all armed groups have joined the mainstream and the startups launched by youth are competing with other startups globally. What is the way forward? Development is the only way forward. Development is happening and will happen further but ideological change is also needed and that can’t happen only development.”

    His earlier comment on the CAA in west Bengal had induced protest all over the state with All Assam Student Union (AASU) strongly condemning the decision. Several groups have announced a series of agitation programs opposing CAA and demanding Assam’s exclusion from its purview.

    The leading students’ body which has been heading the anti-CAA movement since December last year, will soon announce its protest schedule against CAA that could continue till the assembly polls.

    The CAA was passed by Parliament in December last year and the government was supposed to frame the rules by the next six months, following which extensions of three-month periods can be sought. The government second extension was scheduled to end in mid-January 2021.

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