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Maharashtra CM calls on PM, indirectly supports CAA

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and after the meeting said that the Prime Minister has promised to extend every co-operation to the Maharashtra Government.
This was Uddhav Thackeray’s second meeting with PM Modi after assuming charge as chief minister, their first in a formal setting. The Shiv Sena led government is set to complete three months soon.
Thackeray, discussed the issues including financial assistance, farmers’ distress, industries and refinery projects, crop insurance to farmers, delay in GST refund and other issues with the Prime Minister. The chief minister’s son Aditya Thackeray, who is a minister in his cabinet, also accompanied him.
In a tweet shortly after their meeting, PM Modi’s office and Uddhav Thackeray tweeted photographs. “CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray had a courtesy meeting with the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi ji in Delhi today,” the chief minister’s official handle tweeted.
Later at a press briefing,  Thackeray who was joined by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and son Aditya briefed the media and spoke about the range of discussions he had with the prime minister.”We discussed on Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register. I have already cleared my stance on these issues. No one should be scared of CAA, he said.
Defending Centre’s decision to implement the Amended Citizenship Act, Thackeray said, “ This law (CAA) is not to take away citizenship from anyone. However, this law is about giving citizenship to the minorities of the neighbouring countries. Besides NRC is only for Assam”.
Thackeray has already announced that his government will begin implementing NPR from first May this year, since NPR is nothing but a census, which in any case slated to be held in the state within next few months.
In two other separate tweets, Thackeray’s office stated : “ The NPR is proposed along with the census. It happened in 2010 too. Census happens every 10 years in our country. If there are new columns proposed in the NPR, they will be scrutinised by our government & if it seems problematic we won’t take it ahead. (3/4)”. “NRC is problematic to every citizen, irrespective of caste, creed, religion any which way, and won’t let it come to Maharashtra. (4/4)”.
Thackeray is also to call on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, veteran BJP leader L K Advani and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, during his visit to the national capital.
The Shiv Sena and PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party had been allies for decades but split up after last year’s Maharashtra assembly elections, over the chief minister’’s post. The Shiv Sena later aligned with arch-rivals Congress and the NCP to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Thackeray had taken offence to the BJP leadership’s assertion that the two allies never agreed to sharing the chief minister’s chair, a denial that Thackeray said, implied that he was lying.

Raju Vernekar

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