Citizenship Act doesn’t affect anyone residing in India: Palaniswami

Chennai/Salem: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have already explained about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Speaking to mediapersons at the Salem airport, he said, ”The act does not affect anyone who are residing in India. Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had already asked for dual citizenship for Lankan Tamils. I have also requested the same with Modi. Benefits of the State Government is also extended to the refugees from Sri Lanka.”

Palaniswami also questioned what the DMK did for the Lankan Tamils when they were sharing power in the Centre.

”DMK president M K Stalin has been doing false propagation and has been spewing hatred against the AIADMK. Even during a protest yesterday he had accused AIADMK of betraying Tamils. However, it was former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Stalin who were the reasons behind the mass murder of Lankan Tamils,” he added.

It may be noted that DMK organised a State-wide protest against the CAA yesterday. Leading the protest in Kanchipuram Stalin accused the AIADMK government of helping the BJP pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, where the national party lacked a majority.

Coming together
Meanwhile, an all party meeting was held by the DMK today at Arivalayam. Representatives from DMK’s alliance parties took part in the meeting during which it was decided that a fasting will be held on 23 December.

NT Bureau