01:07 GMT08 March 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): In the wake of widespread protests across India over a controversial Citizenship Law enacted in early December, Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started reaching out to influential members of society to explain its stance on the new rule and immigration policy.

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has organized an outreach programme to rope in India’s Bollywood celebrities on Sunday to curb the circulation of misinformation on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

    Federal Trade and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP’s National Vice President Bijayant Panda were the key speakers at the interaction held in western Mumbai, the hub of Bollywood.

    Intended to be a star-studded dinner party, the event turned out to be a complete lacklustre affair, with no Bollywood biggie actually making an appearance.

    Popular actors including Farhan Akhtar, Dia Mirza, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkumar Rao and Vicky Kaushal, as well as prominent directors and lyricists including Karan Johar, Kabir Khan, Rajkumar Santoshi, Sidharth Roy Kapur and Javed Akhtar opted to stay away.

    The industry members who did show up at the event included actor Ranvir Shorey, singer Kailash Kher and me-too accused music composer Anu Malik among others; they met with raging protesters outside the venue.

    Protesters conveyed their message to the Bollywood celebs who were present at the event, reportedly using placards that read – “Bollywood, we are watching” and “Do not disappoint your fans”.

    ​Prime Minister Modi is known to have maintained friendly kinships with Bollywood’s prominent faces, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar among others. But that apparently did not help drawing in many known faces at Sunday’s event.

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    Had a good meeting with popular film personalities.

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    The amended citizenship law, enacted in early December, grants Indian nationality to persecuted Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, who entered India illegally before 2015.

    The law, however, does not grant citizenship to Muslims from these three neighbouring countries, something that protesters and several opposition parties in the country see as a violation of the Constitution.


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