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MP: Indore BJP Usman councillor resigns in protest against Citizenship Act, 2019

Municipal councillor and former chief of minority cell, Usman Patel said it took him a while to quit since he wanted to know legalities and finer points.

New Delhi| Indore BJP councillor Usman Patel on Saturday resigned from the party over the new citizenship law saying it discriminates against one community. He also accused the BJP of practising politics of hatred.

Councilor Usman Patel from Khajrana area in the city of Indore has submitted his resignation to BJP’s city president Gopikrishna. He said that they oppose the CAA, NRC and NPR and he has resigned in protest against it.

Talking to The Indian Express, the municipal councillor from Khajrana locality said it took him some time to quit because he wanted to understand legalities and finer points of law from advocates. However, he is now convinced that the law is against Muslims, he further added.

Gopikrishna, BJP city president, said that all BJP workers have the right to join the party and leave. He said that Mr Patel was a senior leader of the party, unfortunately, he could not understand the law made in the national interest.

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While resigning from the primary membership of the party along with his supporters, Usman Patel said he had joined NaMo-led party after being inspired by the former PM and party stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

In the last month, hundreds of members of the BJP’s minority cell across Madhya Pradesh have resigned over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act brought in by the BJP-led government of India in December last year.

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