Hyderabad: The anti-CAA-NRC group is all set to hold a ‘Million March’ aginst the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) on 4 January 2020 at Hyderabad’s Necklace Road.
Speaking to media, on Monday, Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders have announced the date of ‘Million March’ as Saturday, 4 January 2020 from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Mohammed Mushtaq Malik, who is also the President of the Tehreek, claimed to have invited the Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to lead the ‘Million March’ on Saturday.
The JAC leaders said that if really the Chief Minister is against the CAA-NRC-NRIC and promised not to implement the NPR and NRC in Telangana state the JAC invites him to lead the ‘Million March’, as other states’ Chief Minister is spearheading their protests too.” This will gives relief to the people of Telangana as we are still in strain what if the CAA-NRC implemented in TS. JAC leaders added.
He further said, “The JAC applied for permission to march several days before but certain political forces were trying their best to stop the ‘Million March.’ This time the march will be held on January 4 2020 ‘at any cost’ in a peaceful manner.”
“We will keep protesting until the central government takes the recent bills back, CAA-NRC. Yes, the CM promised not to implement these recent bills in the State. Although many leaders feel a promise isn’t enough and that they should conduct a cabinet meeting to pass a resolution in the assembly.
Earlier the ‘Million March’ was postponed as the Hyderabad City Police denied permission to carry it out. Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said, “There is no permission for any rally in the city”.
However, when speaking to siasat.com, DCP Central Zone P. Vishwaprasad stated, “No permission has been given for any procession, rally, march, or public assembly anywhere in the city including Tank Bund and the surrounding areas on 28 December 2019.”
Then the JAC Convener Mohammed Mushtaq Malik filed a petition in the High Court with a response in the form of a positive order to the committee. The High Court has asked the enforcement authorities to consider the issue and ensure that the march takes place in a peaceful manner.
On Tuesday, the JAC announced “The ‘Million March” will happen on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Hyderabad’s Necklace road.”
As many as 40 Muslim organisations, including 10 non-Muslim ones will stand by the JAC and participate in the march. With thousands of participants — men, women, children and even elderly — from all the districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh the ‘Million March’ is expected to be one of the massive protests in the city.
In a recent meeting with Commissioner Anjani Kumar, the JAC discussed some details about the march. The JAC claimed that the state ‘s BJP party took out a rally and organised a public meeting in favour of the CAA-NRC on Monday while the RSS organized a march with lathis (sticks) in the Saroornagar area.
When asked what he will do if the police don’t allow them to carry out the ‘Million March,” Malik replied, “This time the JAC will go ahead with their places even without permission. Plus, we have more plans in the future to combat the CAA-NRC.”