Chennai: Despite repeated assurances from Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami that the CAA would not harm Indian citizens, Muslim organizations in Chennai, Madurai and Tirunelveli, among others, held massive rallies among other Tamil Nadu cities to oppose the CAA -NRC-express NPR.
Prime Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday asked the opposition in the state assembly to state whether a member of the minority community who was born and lived in Tamil Nadu was affected by the law. He also accused the opposition of misleading people about CAA, disrupting a peaceful state, and causing legal and regulatory problems.
On Tuesday, judges M Sathyanaraya and R Hemalatha issued an injunction until March 11, which prevented the Federation of Tamil Nadu Islamic and Political Organizations and their allies from continuing the agitation proposed for Wednesday. However, the court made it clear that it has not issued an opinion on the Citizenship Change Act, the National Citizens Register, or the National Population Register.
Members of various Muslim outfits gathered in protest along Walajah Street in the heart of Chennai City after the Madras High Court did not allow them to siege the State Assembly in Fort St. George. Over 15,000 demonstrators carried Indian flags and posters calling for the CAA, NRC and NPR to be scrapped.
The anti-CAA march in Chennai was conducted with tight police coverage and even drones watching from above Walajah Street, which connects two of the city's major arterial roads. The demonstrators had set up a makeshift stage in Chepauk opposite the famous MA Chidambaram cricket stadium. Faced with fears that the situation could get out of control, the police barricaded the route to prevent demonstrators from marching towards the secretariat, which was nearly four kilometers away.
Chennai has witnessed riots of various outfits against the CAA for over a month. The February 14 protest in Old Washermanpet, north of Chennai, was modeled after Shaheen Bagh in Delhi and referred to on social media as "Shaheen Bagh in Chennai".
Protests by religious organizations have increased after Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami defended the police action against the anti-CAA protesters who had gathered at Washermanpet. He said that some villains instigated the unfavorable incident.
Palaniswami, whose AIADMK party is an ally of the BJP, said: “The demonstrators did not have the required permission. When asked to be arrested, some people started throwing stones, slippers, and bottles, and then the police had to use force. This is an instigated protest. "