The Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Abu Azmi, on Monday, Mar 1, warned the alliance government of Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra of a fierce protest in the state if it does not bring a resolution against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) & National Register of Citizens (NRC). Samajwadi Party is also an ally in the Maha Vikas Aaghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra led by Shiv Sena.
In his appeal to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, the SP leader demanded the resolution against the most controversial and misinterpreted legislation by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government in December 2019. The SP leader said that the state government must bring the resolution in the ongoing assembly session itself.
“I request the state government to bring resolution against CAA-NRC in the ongoing assembly session,” demanded Azmi , quoted ANI. The SP representative also demanded for a law enforcing 5% reservation for Muslims in the state. “I also demand that a law on 5 per cent Muslim reservation should be passed too. Or else, we will take to the streets against the state government if it fails to do it,” stated Azmi, quoted ANI.
The CAA was passed by both the houses of parliament in December 2019 which permits citizenship to persecuted Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jain, Parsis and Christians in the neighboring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The law grants the persecuted refugees who had entered the Indian side of the border before 2015. The law doesn’t grant citizenship to any Muslims which had become a topic of nation wide fierce protests across the country.
Talking about the NRC, it is a register of citizens maintained by the Central Government for the state of Assam. However, in a Parliamentary session, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah had hinted at extending the provisions of NRC across the nation. The rumours were at its peak that Muslims will be ousted from the country if they fail to produce citizenship documents. However, the BJP ministers have time and again reiterated that CAA is not a law for revoking anyone’s citizenship but it is for granting citizenship to the persecuted communities in the neighboring countries.
The current Maharashtra cabinet minister, Aslam Sheikh, affirmed that the MVA government in the state is committed in granting reservation to the Muslim communities and that the decision in the context will be taken soon. “We are committed to giving the Muslim community the reservation in the coming days. We will take decisions regarding this matter soon,” said Shaikh, quoted by ANI Report.