Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, known for courting controversy, said at a public rally, “Take money from Congress but vote for me in Municipal elections.”

Owaisi also dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce that the NRC will not be implemented as long as he is the prime minister. "He won't do it," he added.

The demonstrators carried placards which read "Boycott NRC, CAA", "Reject CAA, NRC, NPR", and "We oppose CAA, NRC, NPR" and raised slogans against the Central government.

In the event, however, Owaisi also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi challenging him to announce that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise will not be carried out during his rule in the Centre.

General Rawat, who is due to retire on December 31, has spoken for the first time against the massive nationwide protests against the Citizenship Act.

On people losing their lives during protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the AIMIM leader said: "Who killed 18 people in Uttar Pradesh? Should there not be an independent inquiry into this? There should be an inquiry. 5,400 people are in jail in Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister should speak on it. We expect him to order an independent inquiry."

"I am not surprised by stand taken by Owaisiji. If we say the sun rises from the east, then Owaisi saab would say it rises from the west. But I want to assure Owaisiji too that the NPR is very different from the NRC and it has nothing to do with it," Shah said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill became law after receiving the President's assent earlier this week following a debate in the Parliament.

Altaf Hussain, the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) who has been charged with a terrorism offence, has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help by giving asylum and financial help to him and his companions, a media report said on Sunday.

While several complaints were registered against Hussain in the UK over his speeches against Pakistan's military establishment and spy agency, ISI, the UK authorities formally charged him last month for inciting violence against Pakistan in one of his speeches in 2016.