“We will fight the sinister purpose of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Population of Register (NPR) and mobilise public opinion against them.”P Chidambaram, Senior Congress LeaderSenior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram joined the ongoing anti-CAA protest in Kolkata's Park Circus Maidan on Friday, 17 January. During his visit, Chidambaram said, “After Assam’s NRC fiasco, the Narendra Modi government has changed gears and is now talking of NPR.”He also termed the NPR as “nothing but NRC in disguise.”Upon his arrival, Chidambaram was surrounded by protesters who raised anti-CAA slogans. The former home minister interacted with the protesters and assured them that the Congress was with them in their fight.The protests at Kolkata’s Park Circus are being likened to the sit-in protests at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. Since January 7, scores of women, mostly from Muslim neighbourhoods, have been gathering at the local park to protest against the controversial CAA, NRC and NPR.Chidambaram was in the city to conduct a leadership training camp on CAA, NRC and NPR for the state’s party leaders.‘Lets Fight’: Tamil Rapper Arivu Slams CAA & NRC in New Song‘Congress Won’t Allow NPR to Be Rolled Out’P Chidambaram told protesters that his party would not allow the NPR to be rolled out on 1 April. “Congress chief ministers will take a strong stand, in accordance with the resolution adopted by the party,” he said.He assured that the Congress is working with other Left parties in all districts across the country.Chidambaram also urged the state leaders to explain to the people “the sinister purpose of the CAA, the mischief behind the NPR”. He called on them to mobilise public opinion against CAA.He even said the BJP had not gauged the strength of the opposition and had probably thought that it would be like a “passing cloud”.Cong Workers Giving Cash to Anti-CAA Protesters? No, Video’s Old‘The Weight of the Argument is on Our Side’When questioned about possible repercussions for the state governments’ refusal to implement the law, he replied, “I hope not. The government will have to penalise crores of people. I believe that the Modi government won’t do something so foolish.”“Many eminent lawyers and judges have already opined that the CAA is unconstitutional. I am not denying there is another side to it, but that’s why there is a Supreme Court. But we believe that the weight of the argument is on our side.”P Chidambaram, Senior Congress LeaderHe hoped that all opposition parties would “realise the gravity of the issue at stake” and come together on one platform. He said that the deeply held convictions and feelings of young men and women were coming to fore. He said he was really proud to watch youngsters, cutting across language, religion and caste “protesting for constitutional integrity.”“I am proud that students are fighting for intangible things like constitutional integrity, constitutional morality.” He lauded this movement and said all parties need to stand with the people.Go to Pak: Teacher Asks Students for Not Accepting CAA; SuspendedThe former union minister also challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite five critics of his choice, hold a public debate, and answer the most frequently asked questions.After Shaheen Bagh, Women in Delhi’s Khureji Rise Up Against CAA We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.