The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (CAB) was endorsed by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha this week and became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave consent to it recently.
The Congress will not let the amended Citizenship Act get implemented in Maharashtra, State Minister Nitin Raut stated on Friday and said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will participate with the national party on the delicate issue. Thackeray’s party Shiv Sena is heading the amalgamation government in Maharashtra, where the Congress and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP are the other administering alliance constituents.
Nitin Raut said the Congress had examined the stand taken by the Shiv Sena on the controversial enactment within the Lok Sabha with its President Thackeray, who, he is beyond any doubt, is firm on Sena’s stand within the Rajya Sabha. On the implementation of CAB in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader and Home Minister Eknath Shinde says, “No community will have to live in fear in Maharashtra.”
The Act clears the way for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim outcasts from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who have moved after confronting religious persecution in their country. The Shiv Sena had upheld the charge within the Lok Sabha but had arranged a walkout sometime recently for voting within the Rajya Sabha. “They have kept forth their view on this in no uncertain terms in the Rajya Sabha…I am sure Uddhav ji is firm on the position his party took on the issue in the Rajya Sabha,” Raut added.
The Sena stood certain inquiries to the government over the charge and requested their answers sometime recently supporting the enactment within the Upper House of Parliament. In the meantime, Maharashtra Minister and MPCC President Balasaheb Thorat said the state Congress will follow the central leadership’s line on the Citizenship Act. He added, “We have condemned the CAB, which is not in line with the Constitution. Our policy in the state on the issue will be in line with what our (party’s) central leadership tells us to do.”