Amit Shah to address Pro-CAA Rally in Odisha today
Home Minister Amit Shah will address a rally in Bhubaneswar's Janata Maidan today in support of the amended citizenship law, days after some area in Delhi saw violence over the controversial law. Mr Shah will attend the rally after chairing a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council (EZC), which will be attended by four chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee, a bitter critic of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Though Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, who will also be present in the city today for the EZC meet, have backed the CAA, both have made clear that they are against the NRC.
The Bihar assembly has passed a resolution stating that NRC is not needed in the state, making it the first NDA-ruled state to categorically say no to the NRC and to seek removal of controversial clauses from the census exercise.
The Patnaik-led ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha has also sought removal of some contentious clauses from the NPR exercise.
Odiahs BJP president Samir Mohanty said the rally to be addressed by Mr Shah was part of his party's countrywide awareness programme on CAA undertaken in January following protests by the opposition against the amended law.
Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Babul Supriyo and Giriraj Singh and BJP MP Rupa Ganguli have already addressed public meetings counting virtues of CAA in different places of Odisha including Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Jeypore.