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Amit Shah cancels visit to Meghalaya, Arunachal amid Citizenship Act protests

The home minister's visit to the Northeast has been cancelled, a home ministry official said, without citing any reason.

Published: 13th December 2019 05:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th December 2019 07:51 AM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Amid continued unrest in the Northeast over the Citizenship Amendment Act, Union Home minister Amit Shah has cancelled his visit to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, scheduled on Sunday and Monday. 

A senior home ministry official confirmed the development but refused to disclose the reasons for cancellation of the trip.

On Sunday, Shah was supposed to take part in the passing out parade at the North Eastern Police Academy near Shillong, which is now under indefinite curfew. Shah was scheduled to visit a festival in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang. 

Amit Shah wipes his face as Narendra
Modi and Manmohan Singh look on at
a function to pay tributes to the 2001
Parliament attack martyrs. (Photo  | Shekhar Yadav)

‘Muslims will be forced to convert’

Muslim leaders on Friday said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) may force Muslims to convert. Prominent Muslim bodies like Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) and members of the civil society also said they feel let down by some “secular political parties” who had assured to not support the “divisive” Bill but voted in favour.

Responding to a question, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind vice-president Salim Engineer said, “Conversion cannot be ruled out. This law has to be seen together with NRC.

When a lot of genuine citizens won’t have documents to get through NRC, as we saw in Assam, everybody except Muslims will manage to escape that because of CAA.

At that time, a lot of Muslims may think they too would have escaped the trauma if they were non-Muslims because of CAA.” 

Navaid Hamid, president of AIMMM said, “There are different dimensions of the hidden agenda of Sangh parivar,  they wish to exploit every option to create confusion among the citizens and a false illusion amongst their votebank.”


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