Backing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on January 23 said he is ready to support the central government in “kicking the Bangladeshis and Pakistanis” out.
Addressing party workers at the Maha Adhiveshan program in Mumbai’s Goregaon area, Thackeray said the MNS will also take out a march to support the amended Act on February 9.
“It is necessary to give reply to the protest marches that are being taken out in the country,” Thackeray said, adding that the “talk of the National Register of Citizens “has seen the Muslim community take out rallies” all of a sudden “.
” How many in those rallies are from India? And why should we support those Muslims who are supporting outsiders? ” Thackeray said.
“I will meet the Home Minister or Chief Minister over some issues. Muslim clerics in India go to other countries, nobody knows what do they do, even the police can’t go there , “Thackeray added, according to news agency ANI.
The MNS chief’s statements attain significance against the background of his criticism of the Narendra Modi-led central government in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls .
Earlier in the day, Thackeray had also unveiled his party’s new flag, which is saffron in color.
The flag bears, at its center, a ‘rajmudra ‘(royal seal used during the times of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji), at the party’s plenary meeting in Mumbai. The party’s earlier flag had saffron, blue and green colors.
Speculation was rife that the MNS and Thackeray might announce an ideological shift during the January 23 program, with reports also suggesting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), abandoned by its former ally Shiv Sena, might enter into an alliance with MNS. Get access to India’s fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code “GETPRO”. Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.