New Delhi, January 26: On the occasion of Republic Day 2020, the protesters at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh unfurled the tricolour. The national flag was hoisted and decorations were put up to mark the 71st Republic Day. The locality has been occupied by demonstrators over the last 40 days, seeking the withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the scrapping of proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC). Republic Day 2020: Fundamental Rights And Duties of Indian Citizens Under Constitution of India.
Shaheen Bagh has emerged as the epicentre of anti-CAA stir, with protesters laying a siege in the region since December 15. The agitation is being led at the forefront by women, but has evoked participation from men as well. Activists and students have also extended support to the movement against the Centre's citizenship project.
Tricolour Unfurled at Shaheen Bagh
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2020
The Shaheen Bagh protests has also turned into a poll issue in Delhi, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah blaming the state-ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of extending tacit support to the demonstrators. Shah, while addressing a gathering on Sunday, said Delhi should vote for the BJP to get rid of the traffic jams being caused due to "protests like Shaheen Bagh".
The Shaheen Bagh protesters have vowed to remain unmoved till the Centre does not retracts from its citizenship project. The CAA, which grants citizenship to all non-Muslim refugees who entered India till 2014, is being viewed by the protesters through the prism of proposed nationwide NRC.