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Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee appeals to people to join mega rally against citizenship act, Guv calls it 'unconstitutional'

Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee appeals to people to join mega rally against citizenship act, Guv calls it 'unconstitutional'

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 16 Dec 2019, 04:14 am

Kolkata/IBNS: Amid ongoing protests in several parts of the nation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will participate in a mega rally here on Monday against the new controversial citizenship law, which was passed by the central government last week.

The rally will start at 1 pm.

The rally will begin from the statue of Dr Ambedkar and will continue till Jorasanko Thaurbari via Gandhi statue on Mayo Road. 

She urged people to join the rally and tweeted: "A mega rally will be held today in #Kolkata to protest against unconstitutional #CABBill & #NRC. It will begin at 1pm near the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on Red Road & end at Jorasanko Thakurbari.(1/2)."

" Come, let us all, every section of society, join this people’s movement in a peaceful manner within the ambit of law," she said.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar expressed his displeasure over the rally and described it as 'unconstitutional'.

"@MamataOfficial . I am extremely anguished that CM and Ministers are to spearhead rally against CAA, law of the land. This is unconstitutional. I call upon CM to desist from this unconstitutional and inflammatory act at this juncture and devote to retrieve the grim situation," he tweeted.

The West Bengal Government on Sunday  suspended internet services in six districts, including bordering Murshiadabad and Malda, after anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters resorted to vandalism for the past three days.

The agitators torched five trains and 16 buses, vandalised ticket counters and damaged signalling system in four districts.

Reports of blocking of trains also poured in this morning reported as the protesters also took out processions across the state opposing the amendment.

According to Nabanna, the State Secretariat, the internet services have been suspended in North Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Howrah, Barasat and Basirhat divisions of North 24 Parganas, besides Baruipur and Canning of South 24 Parganas.

Barring Howrah, all the regions have porous border with Bangladesh.

Banerjee warned of strict action against those indulging in vandalism across Bengal to protest amended Citizenship Act.

Banerjee called for protesting in a democratic manner.

“Do not take the law in your own hand. Do not block roads, railway tracks,” she said.

The chief minister said the State Government will not tolerate harassment of common people

“Government will prosecute those who will torch buses, throw stones at trains and vandalise public property,” Banerjee warned.