Salem, Dec 28 (IECurrentAffairs) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by the opposition parties was due to political vendetta and to confuse the people.
Talking to reporters at the airport here, he said despite the Union government explaining in detail about the CAA and assuring that none of the Muslims in India would be affected by it, the DMK was trying to confuse the people and create problems.
‘Everyone should understand that no Indian will be affected by the CAA’, he said and added that people need not be scared about the National Population Register (NPR) as well, while blaming parties, which do not have people’s support, joining hands to exert pressure on the government.
He said the NPR was brought in 2003 during the BJP regime in which the DMK was a partner.
‘When it was brought again in 2010 by the Congress regime, the DMK was part of the government both at the Centre and in the State’, he said.
He said the DMK was trying to confuse the people and appealed to the public not to believe it.
On NPR, Mr Palaniswami said Union Home Minister Amit Shah has categorically stated that it
was not taken up. ‘People and the youth should understand’, he said and blamed DMK President
M K Stalin of hatching a political conspiracy and enacting a drama to confuse the people.
‘Everyone should understand this political drama and none of the Indians will be affected by the
NPR. The Centre has clarified that if a person lives in the country for six months, he/she can find
a place in the NPR and none of the Indians will be left out of it’, Mr Palaniswami said.