Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that the public reaction to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) had to be expected since the BJP government was trying to destroy India’s cherished constitutional and social fabric through this draconian law.
While responding to a question from media persons outside the Vidhan Sabha, the CM said that the BJP-led central government had failed to factor in the possible reaction of people in its plans to impose the CAA, as well as the NPR and NRC, on the nation.
He said “Naturally, there had to be a reaction to the Centre’s attempt to trample over the country’s democratic ideals of socialism and secularism adding that people’s angst would not end until the central government realize its mistake and withdraw the legislation.
When asked about the Centre’s decision not to invite Congress President Sonia Gandhi to the banquet hosted for the US President Donald Trump, Captain Amarinder Singh said that such a thing had never happened under Congress government.
Meanwhile, he said that the Delhi Chief Minister should have been invited for the US First Lady Melania Trump’s visit to Delhi schools. Though he was not a supporter of AAP, it was customary for the chief minister to be invited when a VIP, such as US President, was on a visit and his wife was going to school of that state, he said.
When asked about the smart schools in Punjab, the Chief Minister said: “Wait for my speech tomorrow in Vidhan Sabha.”