New Delhi: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, today attacked the BJP over the various anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the country, remarking that protests like Shaheen Bagh have been going on wherever the BJP is in power. Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray Requires Briefing on NPR, CAA: Manish Tewari
Women in south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh have now been protesting against the CAA for over two months. The protest has also inspired several similar sit-ins in various parts of the country. Also Read - 'No One Should be Scared of CAA', Says Uddhav Thackeray After Meeting PM Modi; Hints at Implementing NPR in Maharashtra
“Wherever BJP governments are in power like Uttar Pradesh, or Delhi which is under the Home Ministry, we have seen protests like Shaheen Bagh going on for over 60 days. In Uttar Pradesh, riots have taken place over CAA protests,” said the Chief Minister, who is also the chief of the Shiv Sena, a now-former ally of the BJP. Also Read - Amid Rift in Maha Vikas Aghadi, Uddhav Thackeray Meets PM Modi; Sanjay Raut Terms it 'Courtesy Call'
Notably, the comment comes on a day clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA groups in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur. In Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, the police lathicharged an anti-CAA mob after it allegedly pelted stones at them.
“In the worst situations, like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), terrorists entered university and thrashed the students. I have not come across any news that they have been arrested,” he added.
On January 5, a masked mob entered the JNU campus and brutally assaulted the students, as well as the faculty members. Two months on, no arrest has been made in connection with the case.
The Shiv Sena and the BJP went their separate ways after last October’s Maharashtra Assembly Election, despite a comfortable win, over the latter’s refusal to share the Chief Minister’s chair. This prompted the former to enter talks with the ideologically opposite Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress combine, and form a coalition government in the state with Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister.