New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth, who has been facing severe criticism from Muslim groups in Tamil Nadu for backing the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), will reportedly meet Muslim clerics within the next few days to discuss the CAA-NRC issue in depth. Also Read - Rajinikanth Calls Delhi Violence 'Intelligence Failure' of Central Govt, Gets Appreciation From Kamal Haasan
According to reports, Jamaat al Ulama, a group which recently organised a massive a protest in Chennai against CAA, NRC and the National Population Register (NPR), has said that the superstar reached out to it over the phone and expressed willingness to discuss the issue with it. The group had earlier lashed out at him, accusing him of making a defamatory statement against anti-CAA protesters by calling the agitation an instigated one. Also Read - DMK Leader MK Stalin Expresses Confidence, Says Rajinikanth Will Change Stand on CAA
“Before making comments, he needs to know what Muslims feel about the CAA,” the group had said.
Earlier this month, backing CAA, Rajinikanth had remarked that some political parties were instigating people against it due to their political interests. “The CAA will not affect any Indian citizen,” he had said. He had called NPR an essential exercise which was required to find out the outsiders.
“If any Muslim is affected, I’ll be the first person to stand for them,” he had further said.
While his ‘pro-BJP’ stand has earned him flak in the state, Rajinikanth did recently criticise the BJP-led Centre over the communal violence in northeast Delhi which has claimed over 40 lives thus far. Calling the riots an intelligence failure of the central government, he said that the riots should have been dealt with an iron fist.