Amid the protests across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act, a delegation of 19 opposition leaders on Tuesday met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to ask the Narendra Modi government roll back the legislation.
Addressing the media after the meeting, Congress' interimPresident Sonia Gandhi said that the whole country is agitating on the CAA, andthe opposition was anguished with the police action against the protesters inthe northeast and in Delhi.
"Delhi is an example where the police has trespassedinto the Jamia women's hostel and dragged them out…. they have beaten upstudents mercilessly, you have seen that the Modi government seems to have nocompassion when it comes to shutting down people's voices," she said.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad,said that "the government knew that what is going to happen but didnothing on it, and in Assam five people have died and many have bulletwounds".
The opposition leaders assembled at the Mahatma Gandhistatue in Parliament House before proceeding to the Rashtrapati Bhavan withSonia Gandhi leading them.
The opposition delegation also included Samajwadi Party'sRam Gopal Yadav, DMK's T.R. Baalu, Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien, and theCommunist Party of India-Marxist's Sitaram Yechuri.