New Delhi: Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and said that the latter requires a briefing on National Register of Citizens as well as Citizenship law in order to understand how “religion” cannot be the basis of someone’s citizenship. Also Read - Centre May Consider States' Request to Extend Lockdown Beyond April 14: Govt Sources
In a recent tweet, the Congress leader wrote, “CM Maharashtra @UddhavThackarey requires a briefing on Citizenship Amendment Rules -2003 to understand how NPR is basis of NRC. Once you do NPR you can not stop NRC.On CAA-needs to be reacquainted with design of Indian Constitution that religion can not be basis of Citizenship.” Also Read - 'Never Heard Any Head of State Talk Like This,' Says Shashi Tharoor on Trump's 'Retaliation' Threat
Tewari’s comments come a day after the Maharashtra CM met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Following the meeting, Thackeray addressed a press conference and said that no one should be scared of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as it won’t take away citizenship from anyone. Also Read - Maharashtra: Area Around 'Matoshree' Declared 'Containment Zone' After a Tea Vendor Tested +VE For COVD-19
“NRC (National Register of Citizens) will not be implemented across the country,” the Sena president said and added, “Those who are provoking people in the name of CAA or NPR must fully understand the provisions. If we see any dangers hitting the citizens, we will oppose it then.”
Speaking about the National Population Register (NPR), the Chief Minister had said that the ‘misconceptions’ need to be cleared. “The exercise of NPR is also not to push anyone out of the country. It is about the census that happens every 10 years”, the Sena president stated, hinting at implementing the NPR in Maharashtra.
Uddhav Thackeray sought clarification from PM Modi after Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced plans of a pan-India NRC in a Parliament session earlier, triggering massive protest across the country.
Notably, scores of people from all walks of life protested against the contentious Act, demanding CAA be revoked- on the concern that it makes religion a criterion for granting citizenship, which in turns, violates the spirit of the Indian Constitution.
As per the amended law, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, following religious persecution there will get Indian citizenship. The Act has no mentions of people from the Muslim community seeking citizenship over prosecution.