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Saffron tiger turns toothless
12/12/2019 10:15:55 PM
The Shiv Sena popularly known as saffron tiger till the recent past has turned into a toothless tiger. After voting in favour of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Lok Sabha, the Shiv Sena abstained from voting on the bill in Rajya Sabha without citing any specific reason.
The Shiv Sena after entering into an alliance with Congress in Maharashtra has taken a major U-turn. The party which thrived by preaching Hindutva and always supported the theory of Hindu Rashtra has suddenly turned soft on the issue of granting citizenship rights in India to persecuted minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Shiv Sena seems confused. In Lok Sabha it supported the CAB but couldn't do the same in Rajya Sabha due to the pressure exerted by its ally Congress. In order to appease Congress, Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece 'Saamna' even wrote an editorial to criticize the CAB and termed it as an invisible partition. The Shiv Sena after joining hands with Congress has softened its stand as the party wants to keep its ally Congress in good humour so that it can hold on to Chief Minister's office in Maharashtra for the next five years.
Logically, there doesn't seem anything wrong with the CAB as it is meant for granting citizenship rights to the members of the minority communities, who have fled the neighbouring countries of India. Muslims have not been included as they are in majority in these countries and they will never be persecuted on the religious lines.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah while defending the CAB made it clear that no one is snatching citizenship rights from the Indian Muslims and they have nothing to fear. But the illegal migrants will have to leave our country and seek asylum in the countries where they are in majority. What made Shiv Sena oppose the citizenship rights offer for Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and others in India is a million dollar question which the party chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will have to answer. The CAB has opened the doors of our country for the minorities in our neighbouring countries. These minorities cannot seek refuge in any other country except India. So, what is the harm in accepting them? These minorities have nowhere to go except India. Shiv Sena ending up in confusion over simple issue has dented its credibility and the day is not far when it will be called as B-team of Congress.
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