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Actor Thalapathy Vijay reacts to CAA notification, urges Tamil Nadu govt

Thalapathy Vijay, a Tamil actor and Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam (TVK) president, lashed out at the Centre on Monday after it implemented the disputed Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

The Centre announced the implementation of the CAA 2019, four years after Parliament enacted the law, paving the path for citizenship for illegal non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. With this, the Center will begin issuing Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from the three nations.

“It is not acceptable to implement any law like the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) in an environment where all citizens of the country live with social harmony,” according to a rough translation of his statement, which was issued in Tamil.

Thalapathy Vijay also requested the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that the law does not get implemented in the southern state.

“The leaders should ensure that this law does not get implemented in Tamil Nadu,” the statement said.

This is Thalapathy Vijay’s first political view after launching the party. On February 2, Vijay entered politics and revealed the name of his party, Tamilaga Vetri Kazham.

Earlier on Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attempting to “salvage his sinking ship” by issuing the CAA regulations before of the Lok Sabha elections in an attempt to get political mileage.

In a social media post, MK Stalin said the BJP government’s “divisive agenda” has weaponised the Citizenship Act, turning it from a “beacon of humanity” to a “tool of discrimination” based on religion and race. It “betrayed” Muslims and Sri Lankan Tamils and thus, sowed “seeds of division”, he further said.

Despite staunch opposition from democratic forces such as the DMK, the CAA was passed with the support of BJP’s “stooge” the AIADMK, Stalin alleged. Fearing a backlash from the people, the BJP had kept the law in cold storage till now, he further claimed.

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(Source: HT)

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