Residents of the most literate state of India, Kerala have found a unique way to keep BJP RSS workers away who are campaigning in support of CAA, NRC and NPR. They are putting up posters asking BJP and RSS workers who are canvassing support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to stay away.
It is important to note that the BJP government is trying hard to gain support on CAA, NPR and NRC and doing many things including door to door canvassing and missed call amidst continued protests across the country against the controversial Act.
In Kerala, where the BJP has not a single law maker and parlimentarian, it has started a mass-contact drive. In the wake of this drive, in many districts of Kerala including the Karadi village of Kozhikode district, hundreds of houses put up posters informing the workers that they are not welcome.
The posters begin in English by declaring “Revoke CAA, Reject NRC, Reject NPR” and then switch to Malayalam: “We are fully aware that this law is against the Constitution. BJP-RSS workers need not come here to explain their support to this.”
The notices carry a big stop sign too, just in case the pro-citizenship act campaigners miss the text.
Similar posters have started appearing in other parts of the district as well.
“We started this yesterday (on Monday) after the BJP and the RSS began sharing pictures of poor Muslim men and women made to pose with their pro-CAA booklet,” The Telegraph quoted Azad Karadi, a local political activist as saying.
“What we found objectionable is that the campaigners misuse the welcome extended by families from all communities. In many cases the families tell the BJP workers about their opposition to the citizenship law. But they click pictures while handing over a pro-CAA booklet and circulate them on social media, giving the wrong impression that Muslims have welcomed it,” Azad said to the daily.
He said that the BJP has also “misused” photos taken with an MLA and a Sunni leader. On Monday, the BJP’s social media accounts circulated pictures of Karat Razack, a Left-leaning independent MLA from Koduvalli in Kozhikode, and Nasser Faizi Koodathai, the state secretary of the Sunni Youth Movement, with the pro-CAA booklet.
When the duo was questioned about the photos, they said that while they could not stop the campaigners who visited them, they had expressed their opposition to the CAA, NRC and the NPR. They reiterated these sentiments.
Recently, BJP was criticised for floating many lucrative offers including sex partner, free Netflix subscriptions and many more with the same number meant to garner support for CAA by giving a missed call and thus thousands have been reported to fall prey to such temptations and consequently added to the supporters of this allegedly anti-constitution act.