Violent protests over CAA unfortunate, can't allow vested interests to divide us: PM Modi

Violent protests over CAA unfortunate, can't allow vested interests to divide us: PM Modi

Amidst the ongoing violence across the country against the amended Citizenship Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called the violent protests unfortunate as he said that vested interests can't be allowed to divide the nation.

"Violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing," PM Narendra Modi wrote in a series of tweets on Monday.

"I want to unequivocally assure my fellow Indians that CAA does not affect any citizen of India of any religion. No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act. This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India," PM Modi said as he appealed for calm.

“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 wrote on Twitter.

The PM urged people to work together and said, "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 marginalised. We cannot allow vested interest groups to divide us and create disturbance."

The PM, however, did not speak about the Delhi Police action against the Jamia Millia Islamia University students.