New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The latest addition in the list of opposition leaders confronting the newly amended Citizenship Act, which got President’s assent on Thursday night to become a law, is Bihar leader and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu while opposing the vexed act said that he is still capable of taking on enemies, despite having suffered a thousand wounds.

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The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, who is currently in prison serving sentences in a fodder scam case, showcased his stand against the amended Citizenship Act on his Twitter account. Lalu Prasad Yadav took to Twitter, which is maintained by his office, and posted an Urdu couplet notifying that he is still alive and able to fight against the atrocities of the center.

He wrote, “The flames of my eyes are still burning bright and my principles are still alive, you people must not feel dejected as the sick man is still alive. I am still capable of taking on enemies despite having suffered a thousand wounds, thank God, my self-respect is intact," he tweeted, according to a translation by news agency PTI.

 

Lalu also posted a video where he can be seen addressing his party workers to take a stand in support of the minorities in our country. He can also be heard attacking RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the BJP government over the religious conversion row.  

The amended Citizenship Act seeks to provide the religiously persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, who entered India before 31 December 2014 to become Indian citizens. The bill piloted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday, and on Wednesday it cleared its way in the Rajya Sabha to get the assent of the President on Thursday to become a law in the country.

The contentious act triggered a series of violent protests in the northeastern states, with Assam being the worst hit. Three protesters have reportedly died in Assam after the police lathi-charged at them and shelled tear gas on the protesters. Curfews and mobile internet ban were also imposed in Meghalaya and Assam.

The rage against the vexed act also reached the national capital, where thousands of Jamia Millia Islamia university students clashed with the police on Friday after they were lathi-charged by the police to stop them from carrying on their protest march to Parliament. Violence was also reported in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district here a railway station complex was set on fire on Friday evening. The protesters also thrashed Railway Police Force personnel at the station complex.

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Several non-BJP states including West Bengal, Kerala and Punjab have declared their opposition to the controversial law, and said that they will not implement the law in their respective states and termed the contentious law ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘discriminatory’. However, late on Friday, an ANI report citing Home Ministry sources claimed that the state governments are not empowered to halt the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. 

Posted By: Talib Khan