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ShivSena takes a U-turn, says supported CAB for “National Interest”

Thackeray’s statement comes a day after the ShivSena, in a U-turn, supported the contentious CAB in the “interest of the country” in Lok Sabha

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister and ShivSena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that his party will not support the Citizenship Amendment Bill unless things become more clear regarding the provisions in the bill when the matter comes up in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Our party will not give support to the Bill Citizenship Amendment Bill unless things are clear, Thackeray said. We have suggested some changes in Citizenship Amendment Bill we want in Rajya Sabha, he added.

Thackeray’s statement comes a day after the ShivSena, in a U-turn, supported the contentious CAB in the “interest of the country” in Lok Sabha.

ShivSena has raised a question where exactly the deported refugees will be staying after the CAB process.

“If any citizen is afraid of the provisions of the CAB then one must clear their doubts. One must answer their questions too,” Thackeray said while speaking to media.

Uddhav Thackeray said, “Any individual disagrees with the central government is a ‘deshdrohi’ ( traitor) is an illusion that is believed by the BJP. “It is an illusion that only BJP cares for the nation,”.

“Our party has clarified in an editorial of Saamana about our stand on the issue. ShivSena has always maintained that India is dealing with a lot of infiltrators and this illegal immigration should stop,” he said

On Monday, the Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana raised concerns on the timing of the CAB, it called “vote bank politics” under the garb of the Bill. It also said that this is “not in the best interests of the nation”.

The editorial said “There is no lack of problems in India now but still we are inviting new ones such as the CAB. It looks like the Central government has made an invisible partition of Hindus and Muslims over the Bill,”.

Through this bill, the Central Government aims to provide citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who have entered India on or before 31 December 2014, thereby nullifying their ‘illegal immigrants’ label.

Hence, ShivSena is neither opposing nor supporting Citizenship Amendment Bill.

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