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Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Saturday said the month-long protests at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh are "dishaheen" (directionless) and "anti-India" speeches are being made by organisers of these protests.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Sambit Patra said the types of speeches that are being made at Shaheen Bagh are "disturbing" and "seditious".

Sit-in protests, mostly by women, are being organised in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh for the past one month against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed all-India National register of Citizens (NRC).

"We have evidence to show that some kind of conspiracy is brewing up in Shaheen Bagh to finish the sovereignty and independence of India," Sambit Patra said.

Earlier in the day, Sambit Patra tweeted video of a controversial speech. Sambit Patra said the speech was made at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh and in it the speaker can be seen encouraging people to "cut-off Assam from rest of India".

Sambit Patra wrote that the speaker also said that it is their responsibility to isolate Assam. "Chicken neck corridor is of the Muslims. Create ruckus on railway tracks so that Indian forces won't be able to reach Assam," Sambit Patra quoted the speaker as saying. (Chicken neck corridor is a thin strategic stretch of 22 km near Siliguri that connects the Northeast with rest of India.)

"If this is not anti national, then what is," Sambit Patra asked, sharing the video.

Later, addressing his press conference, Sambit Patra said, "The manner in which anti-national statements were being made in that speech is not only disturbing, but also seditious."

The controversial speech was purportedly made by one Sharjeel Imam, who was part of the Shaheen Bagh Organising Committee.

Sources have told media that Sharjeel Imam was among the people who were instrumental in organising the protests at Shaheen Bagh. Sources also said there were some altercations between Sharjeel Imam and other members of the organising committee. At present, he is no longer part of the Shaheen Bagh Coordination Committee and is neither involved in the protests, sources said.

India Today TV could not authenticate the video shared by Sambit Patra on Twitter. It is also unknown if the video was recorded when Sharjeel Imam was part of the coordination committee or was it recorded after he quit.

Assam govt to file case

Meanwhile, taking note of the video, the BJP government in Assam has said it will file a case against Sharjeel Imam for the content of his speech.

Senior Assam BJP leader and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "The main organiser of Shaheen Bagh protest, Sharjeel has said that Assam should be cut off from the rest of India. The state government has taken cognisance of this seditious statement and has decided to register a case against him."
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