Sena Backs Centre On NRC but asks whether centre has courage for "ghar wapsi"
Sena backs Centre on NRC, seeks 'ghar wapsi' of Kashmiri pandits
The Shiv Sena today came out in support of the Modi government over the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), but asked whether the Centre also had the courage to ensure the "ghar wapsi" of displaced Kashmiri Pandits.
"The BJP is working hard to throw out the 40 lakh infiltrators in Assam. Driving out such illegal immigrants is a patriotic work and we congratulate the central government on it. Illegal residents, whether they are Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Pakistanis or Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, they must be thrown out of the country," the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
While the opposition parties have accused the BJP of making Indian citizens refugees in their own country, the saffron party said national security was its top priority and the opposition was spreading misinformation.
"The issue of national security is not only restricted to the 40 lakh infiltrators in Assam. The situation in Kashmir is worsening day by day. There is more threat from Pakistan, where military rule is imminent under the leadership of Imran Khan.
"Forty lakh illegal foreign residents in Assam have changed the geography, history and culture of that state. The same is happening in Kashmir. Will the government show the courage of ensuring the 'ghar wapsi' (return) of 1.5 lakh displaced Kashmiri Pandits the same way it is throwing out the illegal citizens in Assam?" the Sena asked.
"Hindus were driven out of Kashmir using terrorism. The Modi government should have rolled out the red carpet for the Kashmiri Pandits. But instead of doing that, the current dispensation has pulled the rug from under their feet," it said.
"Former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi or Manmohan Singh did not promise to abolish Article 370 from the Constitution as they were weak-natured. But after Narendra Modi came to power, he promised to abolish Article 370 and hoist the tricolour in Kashmir," it said.
"Abolishing Article 370 is as much a nationalistic work as the implementation of the NRC. Modi should be congratulated for taking up the issue in Assam, but he should also act against the infiltrators in Kashmir, those burning the national flag and waving Pakistani flags there," the Sena said.
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