Shiv Sena, which is now heading the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, on Monday alleged that there was an attempt by the BJP led government at the Centre for invisible partition of Hindus and Muslims in the country. Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamna further claimed that it was an attempt to do vote bank politics under the garb of the Citizenship (Amendment) Billsaying that it was not in the interest of the country.

Shiv Sena’s criticism came ahead of tabling of the Bill by the home minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend law to make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens. The saffron party has also questioned whether selective acceptance of Hindu illegal immigrants will lead to the religious war in the country.

Already several opposition parties have termed the proposed law discriminatory saying that it was against the basic tenet of secularism enshrined in the constitution of India. Shiv Sena has suggested that if Hindu refugees will be offered citizenship then they should not be giving voting right for 25 years. It has also recommended that the government should take strong action against excesses on minorities in the country.

At the same time, the Sena has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a strong action against some neighbouring countries that torture Hindus like he had taken against Pakistan.