Rajasthan in support of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Shiv Sena against
At a time when Assam is witnessing widespread protests demanding the withdrawal of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has requested the Centre to “simplify and expedite” the process for granting citizenship to the members of the Hindu community displaced from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.
Shiv Sena backs Asom Gana Parishad
Raje has approached the Centre on the pending applications of the migrants and further urged to extend the limited time frame given to the migrants.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena, an NDA ally in Maharashtra, extended its support to the Asom Gana Parishad and stated that it is going to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in both the Houses of the Parliament.
An editorial in Saamana, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece published in Marathi, said the party has decided to oppose the Bill as the party is always in favour of the indigenous people.
Uddhab Thackeray, editor of Saamana and Chief of Shiv Sena also stated that the AGP fears that the Bill would be detrimental to the identity, language and culture of the indigenous communities in Assam.
It may be mentioned that since the AGP doesn’t have an MP, it is meeting the regional parties to garner the support from the MPs to oppose the bill in Parliament. Shiv Sena has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in the Rajya Sabha.