During his speech at Ramlila ground on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a sharp response to the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act: "Burn Modi's effigy, but do not burn public property."
“Hate me if you want to, but don’t hate India. Burn my effigy, but don’t burn a poor man’s auto-rickshaw,” Modi said during his over-an-hour-long speech.
Modi began his speech with a new slogan: “Vividhta me ekta, Bharat ki visheshta (unity in diversity is India’s essence) to the cheering crowds.
He blamed political propaganda that caused public property vandalism and burning. Modi said his government provided 40 lakh people with 1,731 illegal colonies in Delhi with land ownership. He said more than 1,700 colonies were demarcated, adding that the maps are ready for 1,200 colonies.
Attacking the so-called urban naxals, the PM said they were spreading rumours that all Muslims would be sent to detention centres. “These are all lies. Respect education,” he said.
Earlier, Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari welcomed the Prime Minister and thanked him for regularizing the National Capital's illegal colonies.
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