'The CAA is a discriminatory and divisive law. The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines," she said in her opening remarks at the Congress Working Committee meeting in Delhi on Saturday.
She also spoke about the protests across the country, saying that thousands of young men and women, especially students, have realized the 'grave harm' that implementation of the new Citizenship law will cause.
'The situation in some states is alarming, turning the states into police states, notably in Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Delhi. We are appalled by the police excesses and use of brute force in many towns of UP, in Jamia Millia, in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University, Delhi University, Gujarat University, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru,' Mrs Gandhi said.
'We demand that a comprehensive high-powered commission be constituted to enquire into the incidents connected with the anti-CAA protests and give justice to the affected persons,' she added.