Raj Thackery (MNS Chief) come to support CAA and NRC with Modi government with mega rally in Mumbai to demand deportation of illegal immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh who have been living in India.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has said that the ‘mahamorcha’ carried out against the Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants on Sunday was an answer to other marches being taken out against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the recent past.
While addressing the rally, Raj Thackeray threatened the CAA protesters saying that his party will give a befitting reply to them. “Whatever happened is enough …. Today, we have replied to the morchas through a morcha. But if you [anti-CAA protesters] involve in this”, there will be a tit-for-tat.
Raj Thackeray-led MNS carried out the mega rally, which began at 12 noon on Sunday. It was organised to demand deportation of illegal immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh who have been living in India.
A massive crowd gathered near Hindu gymkhana to carry out the rally. However, Raj Thackeray reached the designated place by around 2:45 pm.
Raj Thackeray then led the march on foot till Azad Maidan — the venue for the protest in Mumbai.
The MNS was earlier denied the permission to carry out the march through Byculla — a Muslim-dominated area — as many political quarters felt that it would create a law and order situation in the city.
Raj Thackeray started his address with “My Hindu brothers and sisters…” This is a change from “my Marathi brother and sisters…” which was his usual way of addressing earlier.
Raj Thackeray had adopted the same opening last month while addressing the party conclave in the suburban area of Goregaon as well. That was when he had introduced the new saffron flag of the party.
Extending his support for the CAA, Raj Thackeray said: “I never understood all those morchas taken out especially by the Muslims, be it regarding the CAA or NRC. The law doesn’t drive out anyone residing out here since birth. So what was the objective of showing strength?”
“Hindus are a minority in Pakistan. If they feel threatened, what’s wrong in giving them citizenship here?” Raj Thackeray said.
On the contentious issue of the NRC, Raj Thackeray said that India is not a “dharamshala” for illegal migrants.