Bhubaneswar, Dec 18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday appealed to the people of Odisha not to panic over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as it deals with the foreigners only and not with the Indian Citizens.
Addressing newsmen at the Naveen Niwas before leaving for New Delhi, Mr Patnaik said, “I would appeal to our citizens that let peace prevail and not to indulge in rumour-mongering,”.
The Chief Minister also clarified the BJD’s stand on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and said the BJD MPs both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have made it clear that the party do not support the NRC.
Mr Patnaik’s statement came a day after members of the Muslim community in the state took to the street in the state capital protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The Muslim demonstrators drawing from various parts of the state had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, expressing their apprehension over the CAA and the implementation of the NRC.
The memorandum reminded the Chief Minister the secular credential of his father late Biju Patnaik on whose name the Biju Janata Dal has been floated.
The Chief Minister also recently assured a delegation of Muslim leaders who met him at the Lok Seva Bhawan stating that the NRC will not be implemented in the state.(UNI)