Actor Vijay urges DMK regime not to implement ‘divisive’ CAA in TN

The popular star demanded that the DMK regime assure people that Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not be implemented in Tamil Nadu.

ByPTI

Published Mar 12, 2024 | 12:10 PMUpdatedMar 12, 2024 | 12:10 PM

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Top Tamil actor Vijay, who recently launched his political party Tamizhaga Vetrik Kazhagam, on Tuesday, 12 March, dubbed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act “divisive” and said it was hence unacceptable.

The popular star demanded that the DMK regime assure people that Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will not be implemented in Tamil Nadu.

The Centre had yesterday notified rules to implement the CAA.

In a statement posted on the party’s social media handles, Vijay said that no piece of legislation like the CAA which is being implemented in pursuance of “divisive politics” is acceptable.

Actor Vijay’s party Tamizhaga Vetrik Kazhagam will not be contesting the 2024 Lok Sabha polls as he had earlier announced that the 2026 Assembly polls will be the first electoral innings for his outfit.

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The CAA rules

With the CAA rules being notified, the Modi government will now start granting Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim migrants — Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from three neighbouring countries— Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 31 December 2014.

The CAA was passed in December 2019 and subsequently got the President’s assent but there were protests in several parts of the country against it. The law could not come into effect as rules had not been notified till now.

“These rules, called the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024, will enable the persons eligible under CAA-2019 to apply for the grant of Indian citizenship,” a home ministry spokesperson said.

The nine states where Indian citizenship by registration or naturalisation is given under the Citizenship Act, 1955 to non-Muslim minorities from the three neighbouring countries are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra.

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