Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday questioned anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests by Muslims, stating that it is difficult to understand their agitation as the new law not meant for them.
IMAGE: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray addresses his party workers, after a march from Marine Drive to Azad Maidan, demanding eviction of illegal (Muslim) immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh staying in India, in Mumbai. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo
Praising the Centre for CAA, he said: “I do not understand why Muslims are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. CAA is not for the Muslims who were born here.”
Thackeray addressed a mega rally in Mumbai and demanded the ouster of Pakistani-Bangladeshi infiltrators living in the country, asked: “To whom are you showing your strength?”
He said the CAA law made in 1949 during the partition was different from the amended law. “I praised the government when they do good things like scrapping of Article 370, construction of Ram Mandir, implementation of CAA among others,” Thackeray said.
IMAGE: MNS chief Raj Thackeray along with workers participates in a march from Marine Drive to Azad Maidan. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo
Earlier MNS posters stating ‘Bangladeshis leave the country, otherwise, you will be driven out in MNS style’ were seen at Panvel in Raigad district on February 4. The posters also featured MNS chief Raj Thackeray and his son Amit Thackeray, who was recently inducted into the party.
IMAGE: Thackeray demanded the ouster of Pakistani-Bangladeshi infiltrators living in the country. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo
Thackeray had earlier said: “There can be a debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act but why should we shelter someone who has come from outside illegally.”
IMAGE: MNS workers participate in a march from Marine Drive to Azad Maidan. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo