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Public Angst Against CAA Natural, Will Grow Till Centre Withdraws Draconian Law : Captain Amarinder Singh

Says Centre’s Failure To Invite Sonia To Banquet For Us President `Unfortunate’, Never Happened Under Cong Regimes

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Chandigarh , 25 Feb 2020

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the public reaction to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) had to be expected since the BJP government at  the centre was trying to destroy India’s cherished constitutional and social fabric through this draconian legislation.Responding to a question from mediapersons while informally  interacting with them outside the Vidhan Sabha, the Chief Minister said the BJP-led central government had failed to factor in the possible reaction of the people in its plans to  impose the CAA, as well as the NRC and NPR, on the nation.Naturally, there had to be a reaction to the Centre’s attempt to trample over the country’s democratic ideals of  socialism and secularism, he said, adding that the people’s angst would not end but would only grow bigger till the central government realised its mistake and withdrew the  legislation.Asked about the Centre’s decision not to invite Congress President Sonia Gandhi to the banquet hosted for the visiting US President, Captain Amarinder described it as  unfortunate and said such a thing had never happened under Congress governments.Replying to another question, he said the Delhi Chief Minister should have been invited for  the US First Lady’s visit to Delhi schools. Though he was not a supporter of AAP policies, it was customary for the chief minister to be invited when a VIP, such as US President  Donald Trump, was on a visit and his wife was going to a school of that state, he said.Asked about the probe into the drugs charges against former SSB member and Akali leader  Anwar Masih, Captain Amarinder said the investigations were in progress.On the demand of cancelation of PPAs with private power companies, the Chief Minister said that  closing down the plants might not be a feasible alternative but his government would renegotiate the agreements. Though he had announced his government’s decision to bring  out a white paper on the PPAs signed by the erstwhile SAD-BJP government in the monsoon session of the Assembly, his government was working on trying to present it before  the House in the current budget session itself, he added.“Wait for my speech tomorrow in Vidhan Sabha,” the Chief Minister quipped, on being asked about the smart schools in  Punjab.

 

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