The strike, supported by farmers and student groups, is led by 10 of the country’s main trade unions.
A general strike hit several cities across India on Wednesday, with tens of thousands responding to the call by trade unions to join in protests that coincide with the ongoing mass demonstrations against an amendment to the citizenship law.
At least 25 people have died in the wave of protests, which is also against a nationwide census meant to identify undocumented immigrants in the country, similar to the one held in the northeastern state of Assam that excluded almost two million people from citizenship.
The amendment seeks to naturalize immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian religions but leaves Muslims out of its purview, a fact that has been criticized as contravening the country’s secular spirit.
“Save the Constitution, scrap the Citizenship (Amendment) Act,” was one of the lines chanted on Wednesday in New Delhi, along with other slogans directed against the government’s right-wing economic policies.