Around 25-30 Women representatives from 21 organisations across Mumbai, Dahanu, Raigad, Pune, Sangli working for adivasis, workers, slum dwellers, rag pickers, sex workers met Mr. Sharad Pawar today with a demand that Maharashtra government should pass a resolution against NPR, NRC & CAA in Vidhan Sabha.
The representatives explained how adversely the NPR & NRC will affect different marginalized groups in the society. And how this is not just a question of Muslims. This meeting was held on the backdrop of the announcement of NPR getting implemented in Maharashtra from 1st May.
Supriya Sule, Jitendra Avadh were present for the meeting along with Sharad Pawar.
Women representatives also talked about how the police is harassing the protesters in Mumbai who are peacefully protesting.
Mr. Pawar said that as a party they share the same position on CAA, NRC, NPR as the people protesting against it. But as a coalition government, they need to have a dialogue with the CM on this. And they’ll have it soon.
Mr.Jitendra Avadh suggested the delegation to also visit Maharashtra Chief Minister on this issue so that he understands how different groups will be affected by the same. They also reassured the group that police cases against them will be looked into.
The group has now planned to meet Cm in the coming 4-5 days.
The contingent of organizations and activists decided that a protest meeting against NPR should be held before the Vidhan Sabha session starts with the same demand for a resolution to be passed in Vidhan Sabha against NPR.
The protests against CAA, NPR and NRC are primarily seen as Muslim only protests although these exercises affect all who are landless and will not be able to prove their identity or grandparent identity as well as land documents.
With this in consideration, it was decided that all people and groups affected across religions should be represented in this meeting. The Muslim-only protests are leaving the state unaffected. Hence the next protest should conver to the government that their voter base across religions will be affected by this law and not just Muslims.
This protest meeting will be held on 23rd February at 4 PM in Hutatma Chowk, Fort, Mumbai.