Nearly seven million people formed a 620-km long "great wall" of human chain on Republic Day to protest against the central government’s push to carry out the citizenship exercises, Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) despite relentless agitation by majority of the common people.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also took part in the longest human chain of the country formed to mark their protest against the controversial citizenship steps of India. Starting from Kasaragod in north Kerala to Kaliyakkavilai in the southernmost part of the state by the ruling CPI(M) led front on Republic Day.
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Pinarayi Vijayan and CPI leader Kanam Rajendran joined the protest in Thiruvananthapuram. Vijayan, who had been vocal about the CAA since the beginning and recently passed a resolution against it, said that the human chain organized against CAA had become a “great wall”. He added that the law posed threat to the secularism of India.
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The preamble of the Constitution was also read out, after which the participants took a pledge to protect the Constitution from the “attempts of the central government” to destroy it.
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