Statement issued in the Press Conference at Calicut, Kerala
Calicut: The Supreme Court hearing of the petitions filed against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act today (22/01/2020) failed to address the immediate burning concerns of the nation and its people. The decisions given by the apex court today are rather procedural and have no bearing on the ultimate fate of the contentious legislation. However, it is disappointing that the court has not ordered government to suspend the operations on behalf of the act till the pronouncement of final verdict.
Ever since the passage of CAB in the parliament, the citizens across the country have been restlessly on the path of agitations. They were overtaken by fear and anxiety that the law as well as the other central government steps like NPR and NRC would have devastating effect on their lives. The protests sparked by these moves were having huge impact on the everyday life of the people. Millions of people including students, women, children and elderly people who are still agitating on the streets across the country day and night for the past many weeks were expecting an urgent relief from judiciary. But they are left to wait for many more weeks for any sort of outcome.
The approach of Supreme Court as on today has nothing to offer to ongoing nationwide agitations against CAA-NRC-NPR. In fact, it only necessitates strengthening of the protest in coming days. The struggle against CAA is nothing less than the struggle for millions of people who face denial of citizenship rights on the basis of religion. It is also the struggle to save the soul of India as a secular democratic republic. It is an ideological war of secular India by peaceful and democratic means against Hindutva politics of hatred and violence.
Hence the situation demands that the ongoing agitations must continue more resolutely than ever simultaneously with the legal battle in the apex court till the nation is emancipated from RSS-BJP control. Popular Front of India will in coming days will stand firm along with all citizens and groups that are on streets.
OMA Salam (Vice Chairman)
M Muhammad Ali Jinnah (National General Secretary)
Abdul Wahid Sait (National Secretary)
C P Muhammed Basheer (State General Secretary)