The Congress Working Committee (CWC) met on Saturday to discuss the present political climate in the country. Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi termed the Citizenship Amendment Act a "discriminatory and divisive" law whose "sinister" purpose was to divide people on religious lines, and asserted that the NPR in form and content was "disguised NRC".
Apart from Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, top party leaders P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, A K Antony, K C Venugopal, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia were among those present at the meeting. However, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi gave the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting a miss.
Twitter asked, "Where is Rahul Gandhi?" after the Congress MP was absent from the meet.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Even in political ads Rahul Gandhi is shown by the Congress as someone who keeps disappearing. pic.twitter.com/xYzavPq7s9— Ishita Yadav (@IshitaYadav) January 12, 2020
India's main opposition party , as it likes to be called now, can't even elect a proper President. Still running running on "Interim President " ... Is there such dearth or talent, or, it doesn't really matter who's the president ? https://t.co/O6czDsCXT3— ईश्वरः। (@dreaswar) January 11, 2020
Where is he?— Cup O' Tea (@akhil_kanakia) January 11, 2020
The other day these ppl were trending Nirmala Seetharaman https://t.co/icdomDEN0E
Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting here, she said thousands of young men and women, especially students have realized the "grave harm" that implementation of the new Citizenship law will cause.
They have taken to the streets braving the cold as well as police brutalities, Gandhi said.
"We demand that a comprehensive high-powered commission be constituted to enquire into the incidents connected with the anti-CAA protests and give justice to the affected persons," she said.
As the students' protest gains momentum, it is clear that the government is digging in its heels. Not a day passes without the home minister and on some days the prime minister himself making provocative statements, the Congress president said.
"The situation in some states is alarming, turning the states into police states, notably in Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Delhi," she said.
(With inputs from Agencies)