Prashant Kishor poses a question to Amit Shah

 thehindu.com  01/22/2020 10:56:37  2

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted in Lucknow that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) would stay despite ongoing protests, Prashant Kishor, leader of BJPs partner JD(U), on Wednesday asked Mr. Shah, Why dont you go ahead and implement the CAA and NRC [National Register of Citizens] in chronology?

Mr. Kishor, who is also a poll strategist, of late, has been urging his party leader Nitish Kumar and other non-BJP State governments to oppose the CAA and the NRC.

The national vice-president of the JD(U) tweeted, Being dismissive of citizens dissent couldnt be the sign of strength of any Govt. @amitshah Ji, if you dont care for those protesting against #CAA_NRC, why dont you go ahead and try implementing the CAA & NRC in the chronology that you so audaciously announced to the nation!.

Being dismissive of citizens dissent couldnt be the sign of strength of any Govt. @amitshah Ji, if you dont care for those protesting against #CAA_NRC, why dont you go ahead and try implementing the CAA & NRC in the chronology that you so audaciously announced to the nation!

— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) January 22, 2020

At a public rally in Lucknow, Mr. Shah asserted that the CAA would not be withdrawn despite the ongoing protests. Today Ive come to Lucknow to say that whoever wants to protest can protest but the CAA wont be taken back, he said. If any clause of the CAA takes away the citizenship of anyone, including Muslims, they can tell me. The agitations and sit-ins against it are wrong.

On Tuesday, another JD(U) leader Pawan Varma put Mr. Kumar in an embarrassing situation by asking for ideological clarity on an electoral alliance with the BJP beyond Bihar.

Both Mr. Kishor and Mr. Varma have recently been taking on Mr. Kumar on the the CAA, NRC, NPR and other issues.

State BJP leaders, however, told The Hinduthat both the leaders were headaches of the JD(U) and not of the BJP.

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