New Delhi: Amid strain in alliance talks during Maharashtra Assembly Elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will on Friday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in the national capital, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Thursday. Also Read - ‘NCP’s Stand Clear, Will Convince Uddhav Thackeray,’ Says Pawar on Differences Over CAA, NPR
The meetings of the Maharashtra CM with PM Modi will happen at a time when there is differences of opinion between the Shiv Sena and the NCP over the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. Also Read - Won't Block NPR in Maharashtra, Says Uddhav Thackeray; Takes Stand Against NRC
Taking to Twitter Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that CM Thackeray will meet PM Modi and this just a meeting and nothing else should be thought about it.
Just after a few months of the government formation in Maharashtra, a great crack has appeared in the alliance trio where the Shiv Sena is supporting the CAA, and the NCP and the Congress are strongly opposing to implement it in the state.
Earlier this month, he extended support to the CAA and said the CAA is not a law which throws anyone out of the country. However, he said he won’t implement the proposed NRC in his state as it would cause inconvenience to not just Muslims but to Hindus as well.
“According to the National Register of Citizens, not just for Muslims but it will be tough for Hindus as well to prove their citizenship. So I will not let that (NRC) come here,” Thackeray had said.
Notably, both Congress and NCP are opposing the CAA and the proposed NRC. Responding to Thackeray’s support to the CAA, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that his party is firm in opposing the CAA but will try to convince Thackeray in this regard.
“Whatever Uddhav Thackeray said, that is his view. He is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, he has his own views. Yes, in Maharashtra we are in a coalition government and opinion and views of the parties on certain issues may differ, but we can sit and discuss on it as far as CAA is concerned,” Pawar said.
He said that the three alliance partners of the Maha Vikas Aghadi will sit and discuss the matter and soon we will try to convince Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about it. However, he clarified that there can be a difference of opinions in a coalition government in any state. Both Congress and NCP are opposing the CAA and the proposed NRC.