At a rally in Karnataka’s Tumakuru on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targetted the main opposition party and those who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 for not speaking out against the atrocities carried out by neighbouring country Pakistan.
While addressing the crowd gathered at the rally, Modi said, "Pakistan was formed on the basis of religion, religious minorities were being persecuted there. The persecuted were forced to come to India as refugees. But Congress and its allies don’t speak against Pakistan, instead, they are taking out rallies against these refugees.”
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on several occasions, has been seen participating in protests against the controversial Citizenship bill. She recently ridiculed Uttar Pradesh Cheif Minister Yogi Adityanath for the way his government has been handling the protesters.
“Today, every countryman has a question that those who have come here from Pakistan to save their lives, to save the lives of their daughters, processions are being taken out against them, but why are these people silent on Pakistan which has committed atrocities against these people?” the Prime Minister added.
PM Modi is currently on a two-day visit to Karnataka, where he is scheduled to take part in various programmes. He will be visiting the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) facility in the evening to dedicate five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the nation.
On Friday, he is scheduled to inaugurate the 107th Indian Science Congress at the University of Agriculture Science in Bengaluru.
“If you have to raise slogans, do it to highlight the way minorities are being tortured in Pakistan. If you have to take out a procession, do it in support of exploited Hindu minorities who have come to India from Pakistan,” he said at the rally at Sree Siddaganga Mutt.
He also urged protesting citizens to expose the wrongdoings of Pakistan at an international level. “If you have to agitate, raise your voice against the exploits of Pakistan in the last 70 years,” the PM said.