ABVP holds ‘Signature campaign’ for CAA/NRC support near MGM2 min read
UDUPI: The Udupi wing of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a campaign in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in front of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) College in Udupi, yesterday. The programme was kicked off by Udupi MLA Raghupati Bhat, who expressed his support for the CAA and the NRC.
Anil Shenoy, a student and member of ABVP who organised the event said, “This was based on CAA and NRC, which was brought by the national government. It had a lot of opposition, but also a lot of support. There was a lot of confusion. Nobody had a clear idea of what CAA and NRC were. It has been a while now, and all are getting a bit of knowledge about it. We had a programme for those who support CAA because many didn’t know what CAA was. They (other political parties) were misleading people against it, and there was violence against it.”
During the campaign, students in particular who were in favour of the CAA and the NRC were encouraged to sign a banner titled ‘#I Support CAA’. As students poured out from the nearby college after classes, many came up and signed the banner.
When asked why she supported the CAA and the NRC, Deeksha, a student of MGM College said, “Because it is organised by the union (ABVP). I feel it is correct. I support it because it includes everyone regardless of caste. It supports the whole community. All of India should support because outsiders cannot just get citizenship like that.”
Vishal Shenoy, a member of ABVP and a student of Manipal Institute of Technology also extended his support to the Act. “I don’t understand why this Act is politicised. This Act has nothing to do with religion, and grants citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from three countries who have entered India before 31 December 2014, and have been living on long-term visas, which have to be renewed every five years.”
The campaign was conducted without disturbance and was watched over by a police van.
Featured Image Courtesy: Ekta Sinha
Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman