Govt to include Bollywood stars in outreach programme over CAA

A protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Chennai. Credit PTI

A protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Chennai. Credit PTI

As per reports, Bollywood's representatives who attended it includes lyricist and CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi, producers Bhushan Kumar and Ritesh Sidhwani, filmmakers Abhishek Kapoor, Kunal Kohli, Rahul Rawail and Anil Sharma, music composer Anu Malik, actors Ranvir Shorey and Urvashi Rautela and singers Shaan and Kailash Kher. An industry insider, who turned down the invite, said it was obvious because "the meeting will be about nonsense", News18 reported.

"Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi Chief Minister) misleads people on the CAA".

But in fact it is these students who are unifying the country.' The controversial CAA provides for grant of citizenship to non-Muslim refugees which came to India fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before 2015.

Some 500 to 600 people took part in the protest. In a bid to garner backing for the law, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also started a phone campaign where supporters can give a missed call to register their support.

Critics say the law is a precursor to a national register of citizens that many among India's 200 million Muslims fear will leave them stateless. The party has previously adopted this approach to enhance its image.

The participants signed a memorandum supporting the CAA and thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government for the humanitarian help to religiously persecuted minorities in three neighbouring countries.

Prajakta Kuwalekar, one of the organisers of the protest, said, "Because some of the media is bent on describing the protests as Muslim protests, we decided people from all religions had to turn up".

Elsewhere, protests against the CAA also went ahead in several other Indian cities on Saturday with hundreds turning out for protests in cities in the southern state of Karnataka.

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