In his first reaction to the protests, PM Narendra Modi has said, “violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing”. “Debate, discussion, and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos,” PM Modi tweeted.
Modi said that the “need of the hour is for all of us to work together for the development of India and the empowerment of every Indian, especially the poor, downtrodden and marginalized”. “We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create a disturbance,” PM Modi added. The Prime Minister assured that the Act does not affect any citizen of any religion.