Ahead of tabling of the Citizen (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, the Shiv Sena opposed granting of any voting rights to illegal "intruders" even as it advocated citizenship for immigrant Hindus.
The bill (CAB) seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
"Illegal Intruders should be thrown out. Immigrant Hindus must be given citizenship, but let's give rest to allegations of creating vote bank and not give them voting rights, what say? And yes what about pandits, have they gone back to Kashmir after article 370 was removed?" Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut tweeted in morning and tagged Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Mr Raut's comment assumes significance as he is the chief whip of the Shiv Sena in parliament.
Illegal Intruders should be thrown out . immigrant Hindus must be given citizenship,but @AmitShah let's give rest to allegations of creating vote bank & not give them voting rights,what say ? And yes what about pandits,have they gone back to kashmir after article 370 was removed— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) December 9, 2019
What stand does the Shiv Sena, which has 18 MPs in Lok Sabha, take on the bill is being closely watched as the saffron party heads a coalition government in Maharashtra with the NCP and Congress.
The Shiv Sena had last month parted ways with its ally BJP to form a coalition government in Maharashtra, which is headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece "Saamana" earlier in the day, the Shiv Sena questioned whether "selective acceptance" of Hindu illegal immigrants will act as a trigger for a religious war in the country and accused the Centre of apparently doing an "invisible partition" of Hindus and Muslims over the bill.