New Delhi: In a much-awaited procession of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Sunday, party supremo Raj Thackeray vouched to send away all illegal Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants out of the country, questioning why Muslim citizens of the country were protesting the Citizenship law.
Hundreds of protestors have taken the streets across the country challenging the Centre’s decision to implement the contentious CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) that provides Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but completely neglects those belonging to the Muslim community.
Addressing a group of people at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, Thackeray said, “I don’t understand why the Muslims who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, were doing so. CAA is not for the Muslims who were born here. To whom are you showing your strength?”
“People are fed up of these Pakistani and Bangladeshi infiltrators and want them to be thrown out,” he added.
The MNS rally was organised with an agenda to seek people’s support in the eviction of illegal immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh. Party workers and supporters from across the state including Kalyan, Thane, Nagpur, Palghar, Nashik, Kolhapur, among other cities joined the mega rally from Hindu Gymkhana to Azad Maidan this afternoon.
The MNS chief has been very vocal since the beginning about his support for the CAA. Thackeray had earlier asserted that there is no point why India should shelter illegal infiltrators. “There can be a debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act but why should we shelter someone who has come from outside illegally?” he had asked.
A lot of rumours and criticism went by as the MNS unveiled its new party flag that was saffron in colour with Shivaji Maharaj’s royal seal at the centre. The colour had sparked speculations of a possible merger of the MNS with the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP in opposition.