Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that he won’t block the National Population Register exercise in his state, adding that he will “personally check the columns” in the NPR. He reiterated that there shouldn’t be any problem with the exercise in the state. Also Read - 'Unfair': Pawar Criticises Uddhav Thackeray Led-Maharashtra Govt Over Transfer of Bhima-Koregaon Case to NIA
“The CAA and the NRC are different and NPR is different. No one has to worry if the CAA gets implemented. NRC is not there and will not be implemented in the state,” Thackeray said in a tweet in Hindi. Also Read - 'Jan Ki Baat' Won Over 'Mann Ki Baat' in Delhi, Says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
NPR will happen in the state as there is nothing controversial about it, he said, adding he will not allow NRC implementation. Also Read - Don't Have to Prove my Hindutva: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Takes Jibe at Cousin Raj
“If NRC is implemented, it will affect not only Hindus or Muslims but also Adivasis. NPR is a census, and I don’t find that anyone will be affected as it happens every 10 years,” he said.
Notably, in his recent interview, Thackeray, who heads the Sena, had said that there was no need to fear the Citizenship Amendment Act, but asserted that his government will not allow the implementation of the proposed NRC as it would “impact people of all religions”.
Prior to that, in January, Thackeray had met and assured 200 Muslim community leaders that “no one would have to leave the country” amid the growing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Earlier in the day, Uddhav Thackeray said that Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon were ‘two different’ cases. The remark came amid the escalated tensions in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance over the Chief Minister allowing the National Investigation Agencies (NIA) to take over the probe from the Pune Police.
The Centre had last month transferred the probe into the case to the NIA, triggering major political storm. However, after initial criticism, CM Thackeray, who also heads the Sena, gave his approval to the NIA taking over the case, receiving flak from NCP chief Sharad Pawar for the same.