Palaniswami reiterates repealing of CAA

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday reiterated that AIADMK will insist the BJP led central government repeal the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

“The minorities have placed a demand before us to repeal the Act. Based on that, the party will urge the Centre towards scrapping CAA. Our ‘Amma’ government will stand to protect the interest of minorities,” he said to the media after filing his nomination to contest from his home turf Edappadi Assembly constituency in Salem.

The statement was made hours of BJP national secretary and Tamilnadu incharge C T Ravi said that he will ask the AIADMK to remove the promise made in their manifesto to urge the roll back of CAA.

The row over CAA, which drew widespread protests by Muslims, has become a bone of contention between the alliance partners BJP and AIADMK. Nevertheless, BJP had already made its stand clear that the legislation will not be scrapped irrespective of opposition from any party.

Replying to a query that the announcement of six free cylinders to households has failed to create any impact among the public, the Chief Minister claimed that it would be known after the polls.

“Our election manifesto reflects the thoughts of people. People from all walks of life have welcomed it,” he claimed.