Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday, 22 February, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray "requires a briefing" on the Citizenship Amendment Rules-2003 to understand how the National Population Register (NPR) is the basis of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Tewari also said that on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Thackeray needs to be reacquainted with the design of the Constitution that religion cannot be the basis of citizenship.
The sharp remarks by the former union minister aimed at the chief of Shiv Sena, the Congress' ally in Maharashtra, came a day after Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following which he said no one needs to fear about the CAA as it is not meant for throwing anyone out of the country.
"“CM Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray requires a briefing on Citizenship Amendment Rules to understand how NPR is the basis of NRC. Once you do NPR you can not stop NRC. On CAA – one needs to be reacquainted with design of Indian Constitution that religion can not be basis of Citizenship.”" - Manish Tewari, a Congress spokesperson
The Shiv Sena chief had said an atmosphere is being created in the country that the NRC is "dangerous" for Muslims, but added that the exercise will not be carried out in Maharashtra.
Talking to reporters after his meeting with Modi that lasted nearly an hour, Thackeray had said that he had a discussion on the CAA, the NPR and the NRC.
"Talking about NPR and Census...the census happens every 10 years and it is important that it takes place. I have assured all the citizens of my state that no one's right will be taken away," he had said.
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