The Congress party expressed, on Saturday, that it will reacquaint the present Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, on the connection between National Population Register (NPR) and Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The Congress party leader and former Union Minister, Manish Tewari, said to reporters that “CM requires briefing” about the hidden agenda behind NPR and it’s link with the controversial CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“CM of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray requires briefing on Citizenship Amendment Rules-2003 to understand how NPR is basis of NRC (National Register of Citizens). Once you do NPR you cannot stop NRC. On CAA, needs to be reacquainted with design of Indian Constitution that religion cannot be basis of citizenship,” said Tewari, quoted PTI report.
The Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra government is comprised of Congress party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance. The alliance is called Maha Vikas Aaghadi (MVA). Manish Tewari’s comment is seen as a twist in the affair between the three ruling parties of the Maharashtra state, after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. CM Uddhav Thackeray met PM Modi along with his son and state cabinet minister, Aditya Thackeray.
After the meeting concluded on Friday, Thackeray stated that nobody needs to be in fear about CAA as it’s not meant to take anyone’s citizenship and throw away anyone from the country. “Talking about NPR and census..the census happens every ten years and it is important that it takes place. I have assured all the citizens of my state no one’s rights will be taken away,” CM Uddhav Thackeray said while speaking to reporters, quoted PTI. Thackeray, however, expressed that NRC will not be exercised in Maharashtra.