‘Let us raise the level of protest’, Chidambaram tweets on Republic Day
Chidambaram’s call comes amid a series of protests in different parts of the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act.Updated: Jan 26, 2020 08:54 IST
Amid agitations against the Citizenship Amendment Act in several parts of the country, former Union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram Sunday took to Twitter to call for raising the level of protest.
“As we raise the flag today, let us also raise the level of protest,” he said in one of his tweets.
In Delhi, Shaheen Bagh has been the epicentre of the anti-CAA protest largely helmed by women since December 15. The government accuses the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party of backing the protests.
Chidambaram began the series of tweets by saying that the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution were given by the people unto themselves which no government can take away.
“Happy Republic Day. The soul of the Constitution lies in the freedoms guaranteed in Part III of the Constitution. These freedoms were given by the People unto themselves. No government can take them away,” he wrote.
A trenchant critic of the government, Chidambaram also said freedom for the population cannot be partial. “As long as freedoms are denied to any part of the people, the whole of the population is denied freedom,” he wrote.
He also criticized the government for a heavy handed approach to Kashmir where a rash of restrictions that were introduced in August last year when the Centre scrapped Article 370, still remain in force.
“Remember that today as we think of the 70 lakh people of the Kashmir valley whose freedoms have been taken away, including those in custody for over 6 months. without charges. Add to that the outrageous charges, including sedition, slapped against hundreds of protesters by the authoritarian government,” he tweeted.
Among those still in custody in Kashmir are former chief ministers Mehboob Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah.