Mumbai Jan 25
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday said that his party will fully support the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)/NRC and will also support the central government in “kicking out the Bangladeshis and Pakistani infiltrators from the country.
Addressing a state level convention organised at Goregaon in North Mumbai, Thackeray said that a huge morcha will be organised at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai on 9 February, 2020 in support of CAA/NRC/NPR.
On the issue of illegal immigrants Raj Thackeray said that he would meet Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Amit Shah. Raj Thackeray said, “There are many areas in Mumbai where the police cannot enter and I have news that some suspicious activities go on in certain areas.” If given permission, the Maharashtra Police would need 48 hours to flush out illegal immigrants, he added..
“It is necessary to give reply to the protest marches that are being taken out in the country,” Thackeray said, adding that the “talk of the National Register of Citizens” has seen the Muslim community take out rallies “all of a sudden”. “How many in those rallies are from India? And why should we support those Muslims who are supporting outsiders?” Thackeray said. He suggested that the government should to stop Samjhauta Express before starting National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Further Raj Thackeray added that the ‘certified Muslims are India’s own’. Giving examples of Javed Akhtar, APJ Abdul Kalam and Zaheer Khan Raj Thackeray said, “These people cannot be asked to leave as such people are our own but those illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan need to be flushed out.”
In yet another statement which could create controversy, Raj Thackeray said, “The loudspeakers from the mosques should be removed. The Hindus during aarti (prayers) limit the area of worship but the “Muslims too should restrict their area of worship by not playing the loudspeakers”.
He asserted that if ‘Hindutva is attacked he will come out with full force to defend it’.
The ‘sons of the soil’ and ‘Hindutva’ will be the agenda of MNS and the saffron was always in his heart and the colour was in his DNA.
The MNS chief’s statements attain significance against the background of his criticism of the Narendra Modi-led central government in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.
Earlier in the day, Thackeray had also unveiled his party’s new flag, which is saffron in colour. The flag bears, at its centre, a ‘rajmudra’ (royal seal used during the times of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji), at the party’s plenary meeting in Mumbai. The party’s earlier flag had saffron, blue and green colours.
Besides all this Raj Thackeray came down hard on the Uddhav Thackeray(his cousin brother) government. Commenting on his cousin Uddhav Thackeray Raj said, “He doesn’t side with those who change colours to form government.”
Speculation was rife that the MNS might announce an ideological shift with reports suggesting that the BHP abandoned by its former ally, Shiv Sena, might enter into an alliance with MNS.
In the meanwhile MNS’s “new look” is viewed as a new sympathiser of BJP in Maharashtra where the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi has vowed not to implement the CAA and NRC in the state.
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