'Shiv Sena favouring CAB in Lok Sabha won't affect Maharashtra govt': Nawab Malik expresses confidence in newly-formed alliance in state

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said the Shiv Sena's decision to stage a walkout from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday reflected its 'change of heart'.

Press Trust of India December 12, 2019 15:50:35 IST
'Shiv Sena favouring CAB in Lok Sabha won't affect Maharashtra govt': Nawab Malik expresses confidence in newly-formed alliance in state
  • The NCP leader said that Shiv Sena's decision to stage a walkout from the Rajya Sabha after supporting the Bill in the Lok Sabha indicated its 'change of heart'.

  • The Shiv Sena supported the contentious Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, but staged a walkout when it was discussed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

  • The Congress central leadership was reportedly unhappy with the Shiv Sena's position on the issue.

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena taking a different position on the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha than its allies in Maharashtra will not have a bearing on the
longevity of their government in the state and it will complete the five-year tenure, the NCP said on Thursday.

It also said that the Shiv Sena's decision to stage a walkout from the Rajya Sabha after supporting the Bill in the Lok Sabha indicated its "change of heart".

The Shiv Sena supported the contentious Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, but staged a walkout when it was discussed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Shiv Sena favouring CAB in Lok Sabha wont affect Maharashtra govt Nawab Malik expresses confidence in newlyformed alliance in state

File image of Nawab Malik. Image courtesy: Twitter/@nawabmalikncp

The proposed legislation, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. While, the Lower House passed it on Monday.

The Congress central leadership was reportedly unhappy with the Shiv Sena's position on the issue. NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said the Shiv Sena's decision to stage a walkout from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday reflected its "change of heart".

"This showed Shiv Sena's change of heart and the Congress should note this...the Shiv Sena is a different party...this will not have any effect on the longevity of the
government which will complete its five-year tenure," Malik told reporters in Mumbai.

He reiterated that the state government is committed to ensure that no injustice is meted to anyone on the ground of religion, region, caste and language. He made the remarks after attending a ceremony to mark the birthday of NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the YB Chavan Centre.

Meanwhile, some NCP workers raised placards demanding Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, for Pawar.

Before forming government in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress worked out a common minimum programme (CMP), which they said would guide the state government's actions.

The CMP mentioned that issues regarding constitutional provisions and having a bearing on the state and national secular fabric will have to be discussed among them, and only then any of the three parties can decide on its position.

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