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Citizenship Act protest Live Updates: Car set on fire in Old Delhi, protesters gather at India Gate, Connaught Place

Protestors have started pouring in the Jama Masjid area on the call of Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad to march in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Delhi police, however, have denied permission to the Bhim Army for the protest march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar.

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Protestors have started pouring in the Jama Masjid area of Delhi on the call of Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad to march in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Delhi police, however, have denied permission to the Bhim Army for the protest march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar.

The police have imposed Section 144 in the walled city, prohibiting an assembly of four or more people.

The national capital came to a standstill yesterday due to protest call by the Left parties across the country. Thousands of students, civil society members, opposition leaders took to the streets in Delhi, defying the prohibitory orders, even as the authorities took all the possible measures–from internet suspension to the closure of metro stations– to curb the protests.

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6:55 pm: “We used mild force and water cannons to disperse the crowd, however, didn’t lathi-charge or fire tear-gas shells”, said Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa.

6:50 pm: Security update from Delhi Metro rail Corporation and Delhi Traffic Police.


6:40 pm: Delhi Traffic police closes traffic movement from Mandi House to ITO due to continuing protests in Old Delhi over Citizenship Act.

6:30 pm: Sonia Gandhi appeals for peace. She condemned the government actions and called people’s apprehension about the Citizenship Act real and legitimate.

6:25 pm: Protesters are still protesting outside Jama Masjid against the new Citizenship law.

6:20 pm: Mosques appeal protesters to disperse peacefully.

6:17 pm: A Car set on fire by protesters outside the DCP office near Daryaganj.

Delhi: Car torched in Daryaganj during protest over #CitizenshipAct pic.twitter.com/2o4tkDXZO6

— ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2019

6:15 pm: Police use water cannons against protesters at Delhi Gate in Daryaganj.

6:10 pm: People have started gathering at India Gate to protest the citizenship Act.

6:05 pm: VP Surya, DCP Northeast zone, Delhi said, “Large number of protesters had gathered around Seelampur flyover and Loha Pul today evening. Till now the protests have been peaceful and the situation is under control.”

5:45 pm: Large number of protesters gather at Delhi Gate in Daryaganj area.

5:15 pm: DMRC shuts Mandi House metro station. Interchange facility will be available.

4:45 pm: Kashmere Gate metro stations closed in view of protests in North and East Delhi. Trains will not halt, however, interchange facility will be available.

4:30 pm: Additional DCP Rohit Rajbir Singh of Delhi Police received injuries in the stone-pelting during protests in Seemapuri against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

4:15 pm: Thousands of people started marching from Seelampur to Jama Masjid barefoot, defying section 144 imposed in the area. Earlier in the day police conducted a flag march and deployed paramilitary forces and 1500 other security personnel

4:00 pm: Protesters turn violent in Pasonda area in Ghaziabad. Police resort to lathicharge after agitators started pelting stones.

3:25 pm: Protesters and police personnel clashed and pelted stones at each other in Lucknow during a demonstration against Citizenship protest.

3:30 pm: Pondicherry University Students’ Union issued notice urging students to boycott convocation to be attended by Ram Nath Kovind on December 23 in solidarity with protests against the “unconstitutional” Citizenship Act.

2:45 pm: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has closed all the entry and exit gates of Jamia Millia Islamia, Jaffrabad, Johri Enclave, Dilshad Garden, Rajiv Chowk, Pragati Maidan and Khan Market. Interchange facility is available at Rajiv Chowk.

2:25 pm: Delhi: Delhi police tried to detain Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, but he managed to get away with the help of his supporters.

1:45 pm: Delhi Police PRO, MS Randhawa, who was offered roses by the protesters in the morning, is also present at Jama Masjid to control and monitor the situation. He asks people to peacefully disperse and not violate the prohibitory orders.

1:30 pm: Thousands of people gathered at Jama Masjid, defying prohibitory orders to march against Citizenship law. Delhi Police are using drones to monitor the situation. 

1:27 pm: Amid loud cheers from supporters, Chandra Shekhar Azad makes a dramatic entry to the march venue at Jama Masjid.


1:15 pm: Delhi Mahila Congress chief and Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha has been detained near Amit Shah’s residence, PTI reported.

1:10 pm: Delhi Police are on the lookout for Chandrashekhar Azad after Bhim Army was denied permission to march from Jama Masjid to Jantar Mantar. Police claimed his phone is switched off.

1:05 pm: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad tweeted, “Please do not pay heed to rumours about my arrest. I am reaching Jama Masjid to march.”

 12:30 pm: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed all the entry and exit gates of Chawri Bazar, Lal Quila, and Jama Masjid in view of the protest against citizenship law. Trains will not halt at these stations.

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Arvind Kejriwal 10 promises ahead of Delhi Civic polls, promises corruption-free MCD

Aside from releasing his party’s 10 promises ahead of the MCD polls, the Delhi Chief Minister also scrutinized the BJP for their alleged inadequacy in governing the MCD. The Delhi Chief Minister in his address also urged the public to vote for a party that stops some work, instead vote for a party that does the work. He further added to vote for people who let you do Yoga, instead of voting for people who stop you from doing it.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday, addressed a press conference where he released 10 promises of the Aam Aadmi Party for MCD elections. Delhi CM 10 guarantees for the MCD elections include solving the garbage mountain issues, beautifying Parks, clean streets.

Arvind Kejriwal’s 10 promises include the beautification of Delhi, which will include the elimination of 3 garbage mountains in Delhi. Elimination of corruption inside MCD offices and bringing in measures and transparency to tackle corruption. Regulating minor encroachment done by residents of Delhi. Relief from parking issues in the state of Delhi.

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The Delhi CM while taking cognizance of the stray situation in Delhi also promised to tackle it. He further guaranteed MCD roads to be repaired and looked after if AAP comes to power in MCD polls. The Delhi CM also promised to take care of the schools and hospitals and turn them into a better state.

The rest of the promises include beautifying parks that come under MCD, timely pay of MCD employees, respite in licensing for businessmen. The Delhi CM also promised to take cognizance of Police actions that led to the sealing of shops in Delhi, in order to give the shop owners some relief.

Aside from releasing his party’s 10 promises ahead of the MCD polls, the Delhi Chief Minister also scrutinized the BJP for their alleged inadequacy in governing the MCD. The Delhi Chief Minister in his address also urged the public to vote for a party that stops some work, instead vote for a party that does the work. He further added to vote for people who let you do Yoga, instead of voting for people who stop you from doing it.

The Delhi CM asked the people to vote for people who build schools and vote for people who work for the betterment of Delhi.

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CPI’s K Narayana says governor system is not useful, alleges governors are being used as tools by Centre

K Narayana further stated and alleged that governors are being used as a tool to disturb the non-BJP states and further remarked that governors should follow clear guidelines of the constitution. Governors don’t have the right to intervene and demanded the recall of all the governors, stated K Narayana.

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The Communist Party of India’s National secretary, K Narayana, on Thursday, said that the governor model is not useful for India. K Narayana while speaking on the ongoing row between the Telangana Government and governor Tamilisai, as well as in the case of Kerala Governor Arif Khan and Pinarayi Government, launched an attack on the centre and urged the removal of governors from all states.

CPI’s K Narayan in his statement to the press stated that the governor system is not useful for a country like India. He further added that the governors in the non-BJP-led states are creating problems for the state government. He further named West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and the latest Telangana as examples.

K Narayana further stated and alleged that governors are being used as a tool to disturb the non-BJP states and further remarked that governors should follow clear guidelines of the constitution. Governors don’t have the right to intervene and demanded the recall of all the governors, stated K Narayana.

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Telangana Governor and TRS

The remark by CPI K Narayan comes after recently the Telangana governor, Tamilisai Soundararajan accused the state government of phone tapping. The accusations came after the MLA poaching case came to and the TRS outfit named the governor’s former ADS, Tushar Mehta. Governor Soundararajan added to her attack and stated that it has become an undemocratic situation in Telangana.

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Pinarayi government on November 9 removed governor Arif Mohammad Khan as Chancellor of universities after passing an ordinance. The Senior CPIM leader, Thomas Isaac, accused Governor Arif Mohammad Khan of concocting to appoint BJP sympathizers as VCs of universities. Isaac further added that it is not acceptable to the people in the State and further said that there is no choice other than the removal of the Governor from the post of Chancellor.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge replies to BJP’s claims against his party in Himachal Pradesh Rally, says BJP only takes credit

Kharge, rebutting to BJP’s claims also counter-question and alleged that Himachal established and crossed milestones regarding colleges, electricity, and roads. He further added that the BJP is taking credit for the work of the preceding government.

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The newly elected Congress President, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Wednesday, addressed a poll meeting at Banuti in which he retorted to the claims made by the BJP.Congress President in his address talked about alleged baseless claims of Congress’s lack of democracy in the party.

Kharge also expounded on BJP allegedly taking credit for work done by the preceding government in Himachal.

Congress party President Kharge, while addressing the meeting, stated that he has been appointed as the Congress President through a fair voting system and added blasted the BJP’s President, JP Nadda, on how he ended up becoming the Bhartiya Janata Party president, countering claims coined by Bhartiya Janata Party.

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Kharge also alleged and expounded on the questions raised by the BJP government on Congress where the BJP outfit has incessantly launched an attack on Congress while asking what the Congress outfit has done in the last 70 years.

Kharge, rebutting to BJP’s claims also counter-question and alleged that Himachal established and crossed milestones regarding colleges, electricity, and roads. He further added that the BJP is taking credit for the work of the preceding government.

BJP in Himachal Pradesh

Whereas, Congresses counterpart, BJP, has also been rallying across Himachal ahead of Himachal elections. Narendra Modi has also come in to rally for the BJP as he addressed a rally in Sujanpur. Narendra Modi in his address had launched a staunch attack on the Congress Party.

The Prime Minister opined that Congress’s condition have been deteriorating and added that even Congress have been receded and wiped out of their stronghold states. PM Modi further alleged that Congress has long history of making false promises and false guarantees.

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The two outfits have been campaigning ahead of the Himachal Pradesh assembly election which is set to be held on November 12. Himachal will witness a single phase polling in 68 Assembly seats and the counting date of the votes will be December 8.
BJP swept the seats in the last assembly elections by winning 44 of 68 seats, whereas, Congress could only tally up to 21 seats.

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