TN CM backs Citizenship Act, says it’s not against any Indian

Justifying ruling AIADMK’s support to the amendment to the Citizenship Act in Parliament, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has asserted the law will not affect any Indian, to whichever religion one may belong.

Speaking to the media, he said, “The Citizenship Amendment Act will not impact any Indian living in India, whichever religion they may profess.”
Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the Chief Minister told reporters here the two leaders have amply clarified that the CAA will not affect any Indian citizen.

”The act does not affect anyone who are residing in India. Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had already asked for dual citizenship for Lankan Tamils. I have also requested the same with Modi. Benefits of the State Government is also extended to the refugees from Sri Lanka.”

“A memorandum has also been given seeking dual citizenship for Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka,” he said adding AIADMK Rajya Sabha MPs also clarified this aspect when the Bill was taken up in the Upper House.

Hitting out at DMK president M K Stalin for claiming that AIADMK has betrayed Sri Lankan Tamils, he said the chief of the principal opposition party has been deliberately spreading false information.

” Stalin has been doing false propagation and has been spewing hatred against the AIADMK. Even during a protest yesterday he had accused AIADMK of betraying Tamils. However, it was former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Stalin who were the reasons behind the mass murder of Lankan Tamils,” he added.

It may be noted that DMK organised a State-wide protest against the CAA yesterday. Leading the protest in Kanchipuram Stalin accused the AIADMK government of helping the BJP pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, where the national party lacked a majority.