New Delhi: Amid outrage over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), Shiv Sena on Saturday asserted that Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims who have entered the country should be thrown out. “Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims who have entered the country should be thrown out, there is no doubt about it”, Sena wrote in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana. Also Read - Pro-CAA Rally in Jharkhand: Section 144 Imposed in Lohardaga After Violence Erupts During March by VHP
Sena’s remark on Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims comes a day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), a splinter group formed and headed by its chief and CM Uddhav Thackeray’s nephew Raj declared support to the NDA government for evicting Pakistani and Bangladeshi “infiltrators”. Also Read - Yashwant Sinha Calls CAA ‘Unconstitutional’, Says Centre Must Withdraw it Quickly
Raj Thackeray, who ran a vigorous campaign against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha polls last year, also defended the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
He had also announced that the MNS would take out a protest march on February 9 seeking eviction of illegal migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Sena also ridiculed MNS Chief Raj Thackeray for his change of stand with respect to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and his shift towards Hindutva. “Yesterday the MNS extended support to CAA. However, just a month back they were against the act”, the saffron party lambasted the MNS.
Upping the ante further, the Sena said,” Some people use the name of Hindutva for their benefit but even if sme party does that we have the large heart to accept them. Go ahead if possible.”
On Thursday, Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that though he had found new allies in state politics, he had not changed his ‘saffron’ colour.
Earlier last year, the Shiv Sena, from which Raj carved out his own party, is known for its Hindutva ideology. But the Uddhav Thackeray-led party did a radical about-turn when it ditched the BJP and formed government in Maharashtra with the Congress and the NCP.