Following superstar Rajinikanth’s comments that some political parties were trying to make political gains by instigating protests against CAA, DMK president M K Stalin said there was nothing new in the allegation that political parties were instigating students to protest, since the same allegation was made during the anti-Hindi agitation.
“Just like the anti-Hindi agitation was a success, the present agitation will also prevail,” he tweeted. Without naming the actor, Stalin, Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, said even during the anti-Hindi agitation in the state in the 1960s, it was being alleged by some that political parties instigated students.
“It is an old voice. There was an attempt to divert the movement by making such claims.. the students remained firm and determined in the agitation”, he said about the protest in a Facebook post.
Stalin on Sunday launched a ‘one crore signature campaign’ against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register here.
Launching the drive in which his party-led coalition partners, including the Congress, Left parties, IUML and MDMK are also taking part, Stalin slammed the Centre for “beginning work” for the NRC and NPR like it passed the CAA in Parliament.
In his first reaction after the amendment to the Citizenship Amendment Act and nationwide protests against it, the top actor also sought to dispel misgivings about the National Register of Citizens saying the government was yet to make up its mind about it.
On the CAA, the actor wondered as to how Muslims, who chose to stay back in India following partition will be sent out of the country. While a chunk of the Muslim population chose Pakistan, others decided to continue to live and die in India since it was their nation of birth, the “janma bhoomi” and they have all their rights in the country, he asserted.