An interesting face-off was seen at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, on Tuesday, January 14, between the spectators and the protesters of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019. The incident took place at the stadium while the first cricket match of the India vs Australia 3-match One Day International (ODI) tournament was on. A video has also emerged showing how the incident caught eyes of the hundreds present at the stadium.
The video begins with some uniformed individuals approaching the protesters wearing t-shirts with letters of ‘No CAA, NRC and NPR’ embossed on it. The protesters with these t-shirts could then be seen arguing with these uniformed individuals. The spectators, by now, could find out these protesters with their intention. Soon, the spectators around them can be seen shouting and gradually chanting “Modi-Modi-Modi-Modi”.
Group of individuals break into a 'No NPR, No NCR, No CAA' formation at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The crowd in the background chants 'Modi Modi'. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/yNNxC7zD8r
— પ્રકાશ | Err 🇮🇳 (@Gujju_Er) January 14, 2020
Almost the whole stadium could be seen rising up to match the pace in enchanting the ‘Modi-Modi’ raga. Then comes the chanting of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” as well as “Vande Mataram” by the spectators. Seeing completely isolated by the huge mass opposite them, the anti-CAA, NRC & NPR protesters also started chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”.
The uniformed individuals are reported to have pacified the situation and putting the case to rest. However, this episode has left us with the inference that the anti-CAA protest got subsumed after the spectators decided to teach the protesters a lesson. The protesters had to join the spectators in sloganeering for the nation leaving aside their set agenda to protest against the newly enacted CAA and the on-going process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).
The identity of these protesters are still unknown but they could be seen completely embarrassed as the spectators foiled their attempt to defame the newly enacted law. The video has got intensely viral and shows the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led central government a reason to cheer. The spectators who chanted “Modi-Modi” also chanted “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram” which shows their tilting towards supporting CAA, NRC and NPR’ in the national interest.