New Congress ally Shiv Sena votes with Govt

NEW DELHI: In an interesting turn, 18-member Shiv Sena, which left the BJP-ruled NDA recently to form government with NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, voted for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.
During the debate on the bill, the party had argued that refugees getting citizenship under the CAB should not be granted voting rights for 25 years. It said since the CAB has left out north-eastern states, the government should spell out in which states would the refugees getting citizenship be settled.
Sena’s Vinayak Raut supported the bill but added that burden of accepting refugees would have to be calculated, invoking Sena founder Bal Thackeray who, he said, always advocated expulsion of illegal migrants and preference for sons-of-the-soil.
The party backed CAB but added several caveats and pointed out what it called were problem areas in the bill like exclusion of Sri Lanka from its ambit.
He said the Centre should tell the country how many people from other states have gone and started business in Jammu and Kashmir after revocation of its special status by dilution of Article 370. “Only making laws is not enough,” he said.

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