Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has thrown his weight behind the CAA, days after superstar Rajinikanth expressed his support.
Bengaluru: While several chief ministers across states have passed resolutions against the passage of the CAA, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy begs to be different.
As the anti-CAA protests go on in Chennai, the CM has maintained that the CAA doesn’t snatch anyone’s citizenship, but only grants it.
In this regard, he said, “Point out and tell us which minority community person born in Tamil Nadu and living in Tamil Nadu has been affected. We will respond to it. Without doing that you (the opposition) are misleading the people, enacting a drama, spreading wrong information and have affected the peace in the state. Tell me, who has been affected. I will reply to that,” as quoted by a popular website.
Mano Thangaraj, a DMK MLA urged the CM to move a resolution against the CAA. He even alleged that the state government had surrendered itself to the Centre and that was the reason why they were not moving any resolution.
To this, the CM said, “you have been saying this repeatedly and misleading the people of the nation. Who has been affected by this? Tell us? We will find a solution.”
The CM’s firm backing to the law comes days ahead of superstar Rajinikanth throwing his weight behind the Modi government, saying the law doesn’t affect any Indian citizen.
Even Uddhav Thackeray, the Maharashtra CM expressed his support to the CAA, saying it does not affect any Indian citizen. But the Congress had resorted to using ‘coalition dharma’ as a tactic to prevail upon the CM not to implement it.
The CAA passed by both houses of the Indian Parliament last year intends to give citizenship to persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have been living in India hitherto December 31, 2014.
With this law, around 32000 people are expected to benefit in a big way.
Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union home minister Amit Shah have repeatedly mentioned that the law doesn’t apply to Indian citizens, the opposition has consistently spread lies and misinformation about the law, with a view to instigate the minorities in India.
Last Updated Feb 19, 2020, 4:29 PM IST