Maharashtra CM opposes NRC, but defends CAA

Maharashtra CM opposes NRC, but defends CAA

Written By: / Monday, 03 February 2020 17:29

IT News
Mumbai, Feb 3

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena) has said that that not only Muslims but even Hindus will find it difficult to prove their citizenship before the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and he will not allow its implementation in the state.
As per the excerpts of his serialised interview in party mouth piece Marathi daily “Saamna”, released on Shiv Sena’s twitter handle, Thackeray said that ‘proving citizenship will be difficult for Hindus as well as Muslims. I will not let that happen”.
 On implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 (CAA) Thackeray said that the law is not for removing from India.  In fact it is the law to give citizenship to deserving minorities. Thus he defended the CAA.
 Thackeray’s backing of the CAA may create issues in the tripartite coalition Government of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, which has opposed the law.
 Thackeray also said that he has not abandoned the Hindutva and has not converted. Any party (meaning BJP) should not decide the definition of Hindutva.
 He also heaped praise on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh saying that although he was described as an accidental prime minister, he had bailed out the country from economic crisis, it was facing.
 In the meanwhile women who had started a sit in dharna against CAA at Muslim dominated Nagpada area in South Mumbai, from the night of Republic day continued their agitation on 7 th day on Sunday.
 The agitation has been started close on the heels of the protest at Shaheen Baug in Delhi. The women who began their agitation at the junction of Morland Road, have continued it despite repeated appeals by police, since they have not taken required permission for the agitation. By now the agitation has come to be known as “Mumbai Baug protest”.
 The agitation was temporarily called off on Saturday, when a group of volunteers got on the stage and announced that the protest being held without police permission, which was “inconveniencing local residents” was being called off. However it was resumed on Sunday.
 In another important development, the preamble to the Constitution of India, was read for the first time, ahead of 607 th Urs of Hazarat Makhadum Hakih Ali Mahimi at Mahim Dargah in Central Mumbai and the tricolour was also hoisted on the occasion.
 Maintaining that the move was made to connect communities and to show solidarity to the nation, Mahim and Haji Ali Dargah Managing Trustee Suhail Khandwani said. “The idea behind reading the preamble was to bring communal harmony and peace peace among the society and the people”.
 Khandwani along wih noted lawyer Rizwan Merchant an others present at the Dargah, recited the preamble. “The preamble reminds us that we should remain a democracy and a republic. It is important to maintain all that are fundamental to us, like justice, liberty and equality, Merchant said and added that every religious place should read the preamble. Such a step shall spread the message..brotherhood, love and affection, irrespective of caste and colour” he added.

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