The DMK on Tuesday demanded that the AIADMK government come out with an announcement that it will not implement the National Register of Citizen (NRC) and the National Population Survey (NPS) planned as a follow up to the enactment by Parliament the law to give citizenship to “persecuted minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh” who have been living as refugees since 2014.
A resolution adopted by the DMK executive dared the Edappadi Government to adopt a resolution like the ones passed by Kerala and Punjab. The new citizenship law which the AIADMK supported in Parliament, seeks to give citizenship to “persecuted" Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Buddhists from these countries and excludes Rohingyas from Myanmar who are Muslims.
It also excludes Sri Lankan Tamils of Indian origin who though Hindus are Dalits. Though many of these Tamils repatriates have been given citizenship by Sri Lanka and India under a bilateral agreement, they fled to Tamil Nadu during the ethnic war and they have since been living as refugees.
The DMK resolution said grant of citizenship on the basis of religion was basically divisive. The party said the AIADMK Government had refused to adopt s a resolution against CAA and NRC as had been done by Kerala and Punjab Assemblies.
A private member resolution given notice by Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin was put in cold storage by the Speaker during the recent brief session of the Assembly.
The party said the AIADMK was trying to hoodwink the people by saying that it would strive for grant of dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamils living in Tamil Nadu despite the categorical affidavit filed by the Centre in the Madras High Court that there was no provision for dual citizenship under the Indian Citizenship Act and the Indian Passport Act.