Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) are both different from National Public Radio (NPR). Addressing a press conference, he said assured that no one has to worry if CAA gets implemented in the state. The CM said that the NRC will not only impact Muslims, but also Hindus and Adivasis. He said the Central has so far not held discussions over the NRC.
The pan-India NPR exercise is slated to begin in April.
"NRC is not there and will not be implemented in the state....If NRC is implemented then it will affect not only Hindus or Muslims but also Adivasis. Centre has not discussed NRC as of now. NPR is a census, and I don’t find that anyone will be affected as it happens every ten years," he told the media.
Uddhav heads an alliance government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. With NCP and Congress voted against the CAA in the Parliament, the Shiv Sena voted in favour of the law in the Lok Sabha and staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha.
Uddhav’s reaction comes days after MNS chief Raj Thackeray dared him to take action against illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan staying in Maharashtra.