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Anti-CAA protests in Jamia, Shaheen Bagh no coincidence but an experiment: Modi in Delhi

New Delhi: The controversy over BJP leaders’ hate speeches against anti-CAA protesters yet to abate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tagged the protests “anarchy” and sought Delhi’s mandate to stop it. Accusing Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress of engineering the protests, he said the two parties are playing politics of appeasement. “Hiding behind the constitution and the national flag, they are giving lectures,” he said at a rally days before the assembly elections.

Delhi has spearheaded the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Inspired by the women’s protests at Shaheen Bagh — which headlined across the world — woman in various cities have hit the streets.

The Prime Minister today questioned if these protests were a “coincidence”.

“Whether it is Seelampur, Jamia or Shaheen Bagh, there have been multiple protests against the CAA. Do you think these protests are a coincidence? It is not. It is all an experiment rooted in politics. If it was simply about a law, it would have ended,” PM Modi said.

Pointing to the Shaheen Bagh protests that had blocked an arterial road for weeks, PM Modi said, “If their game plan is not stopped, they will block another road or gully tomorrow. We can’t let them spread anarchy. Your vote has the power to put a stop to this”.

The Prime Minister’s comments come days after a string of hate speeches from his ministers and party leaders. Last Monday, Union Minister Anurag Thakur was caught on camera at a rally in northwest Delhi, egging on a crowd to chant a slogan that calls for gunning down “traitors”.

Nitish, Shah share dais, attack Kejriwal

It was the first public rally where home minister Amit Shah and Bihar chief minister leader Nitish Kumar shared the dais at an election rally here on Sunday.

In Burari, both the leaders showed no hesitation in displaying their bonhomie through their well-crafted words.

Nitish’s equation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well known. BJP and JDU leaders in Bihar believe that any decision regarding the two parties is taken after a discussion between Modi and Kumar.

Recently, Shah has become the public face of the PM-Bihar CM friendship. When a number of BJP leaders started questioning the leadership of Kumar after the Lok Sabha elections, it was Shah who clarified twice in public that Kumar is the leader of the NDA in Bihar and it will go for the 2020 assembly elections under his leadership. Nitish had also reciprocated the gesture by removing Prashant Kishor and Pawan Verma from the party for their anti-BJP stand.

Enough proof that ‘anarchist’ Kejriwal is a terrorist: Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had called himself an “anarchist” and there is not much of a “difference between an anarchist and a terrorist”.

His remarks come a few days after the Election Commission issued a show cause notice to BJP MP Parvesh Verma for allegedly calling Kejriwal a “terrorist”.

Addressing a press conference here, Javadekar raked up the issue of Kejriwal “staying a night at the Moga residence of Khalistan Commando Force chief Gurinder Singh during the Punjab Assembly polls”.

“You knew it was a militant’s house. Still, you stayed there. How much more evidence do you need?” he said.

“Kejriwal is now asking with a sad face, ‘am I a terrorist?’ You are a terrorist and there is a lot of evidence to prove that. You yourself had said you are an anarchist. There is not much of a difference between an anarchist and a terrorist,” the senior BJP leader said.