In Saamana, Shiv Sena Pitches for Deportation of 'Pak, B'desh Muslims'; Hits Out at Raj Thackeray

Mumbai: Taking a different stand from its allies, the Shiv Sena on Saturday said there is no doubt that Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh, who have entered India, should be thrown out. However, it maintained that the amended Citizenship law had several loopholes.

"There is no doubt that Muslims of Pakistan and Bangladesh should be thrown out of the country. Shiv Sena has always fought for Hindutva, but the CAA has several loopholes," the party said in its editorial mouthpiece Saamana.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party further hit out at his cousin Raj Thackeray for changing the colour of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)'s flag, and shifting their focus towards Hindutva.

"Fourteen years ago, Raj Thackeray formed a party for the Marathi ideology but now it has changed its track to Hindutva. There's little hope that they will be able to get anything in their hands even now (after inching closer to BJP)," the party said.

Raj Thackeray had unveiled his party's new flag on Thursday, which is saffron in colour and bears the royal seal of Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

The major decision by MNS is being as a move to inch closer to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Raj Thackeray had recently met senior BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Ashish Shelar, who apparently had urged him to adopt the Hindutva route to checkmate his cousin.

The Saamana also accused Uddhav's cousin of changing stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act for votes. Just a few weeks back it was same Raj Thackeray who was against the CAA, and now just for votes, he is changing colours. It is clear the BJP wants to get political benefits. With CAA not only Muslims, but 30 to 40 percent Hindus will be affected. In this law, army men, the family of an ex-president are not getting included and are being shown as outsiders," the editorial reads.