PANAJI: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) national secretary general Milind Parande on Monday said that violence being perpetrated in the country under the cover of so called protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was becoming unbearable and action must be taken against those behind the protests.
Addressing a press conference at a city hotel here, Parande said there was misunderstanding among the people with regards to the CAA and it should be addressed.
''Yesterday (Sunday) morning, in Lohardagga town in Jharkhand, there was attack on a peaceful rally taken out in support of CAA. Houses of Hindus were burnt and many Hindus were injured. In democratic set up there is no place of violence for protest. VHP strongly condemns protest like this,'' he said.
Parande said VHP strongly condemned the violent protests held in States like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and in some parts of Maharashtra.
''Partition of India is background of the CAA and therefor it is related to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan only. These three countries are Islamic and Muslims are not minority there. During partition of the country, Governor General, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru had express their opinion on the issue. In Parliament former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rajashthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat had express their opinion. There are resolutions of Communist parties that those who have come from Pakistan and Bangladesh due to religious prosecution should be given relaxation in granting citizenship and protection,'' Paeande said.
The VHP secretary general alleged that the Parliamentary Act had nothing to do with any Indian Citizen of any community but Congress party and some other political parties which survive on appeasement of minorities and anti-India Tukde Tukde gang were engaged in misinforming, misguiding and confusing the people.
"CAA does not remove or take away anybody's citizenship in India,'' Parande said.
He alleged that there were some political parties and leaders who were indulging in appeasement politics and misguiding people. There were some anti-national elements who were trying to create violence in the country, he charged.
Parande also disclosed that the VHP had set a target to enrol 30 lakh members across the country. The VHP is committed for the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, he said demanding that the trust to be formed by the Government of India should not include leaders of political parties and government representatives. He further pointed that there were many leaders in the BJP who were involved in the agitation for the construction of Ram Temple and hoped that they will take steps for the construction of the Ram temple.
VHP national secretary Prabhakar Dixit, Konkan prant joint secretary Shriraj Naik and Goa president Santosh Mahanandu Naik were also present for press briefing.