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Mood swings? After Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Shiv Sena hints at not supporting CAB in Rajya Sabha

This volte-face from the Maharashtra chief minister came following senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s blistering criticism of the parties who support the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.

After voting in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha yesterday, Shiv Sena seems to have buckled under the pressure of their coalition partner Congress as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has declared that he will not extend his support to the CAB until “things are cleared”.

This volte-face from the Maharashtra chief minister came following senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s blistering criticism of the parties who support the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019. In a tweet posted by the Wayanad MP, he asserted that anyone who supports it is attacking and attempting to destroy the foundation of our nation.

However, earlier today, when Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant was asked if the party will extend its support to the CAB in Rajya Sabha as well, he replied in the affirmative, stating that Shiv Sena will always support issues of National Interest.

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It is noteworthy to mention that Shiv Sena had recently published a scathing article criticising the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 floated by the BJP government in its editorial mouthpiece Saamana. The article censured the central government arguing that the ‘selective acceptance’ of Hindu illegal refugees might touch off a religious war in the country. It also accused the BJP of carrying out ‘invisible division’ of Hindus and Muslims over the bill.

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However, the Shiv Sena backed the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 when it came to voting in the Lok Sabha.

Thackeray took to Twitter to clarify Shiv Sena’s stand regarding the flipflop.

After the embarrassment faced by Rahul Gandhi over CAB, Thackeray tried to pacify the alliance partner by targeting the BJP.

He said that unless the Central government clarifies a few questions, the Shiv Sena will vote against the bill in Rajya Sabha.

It is also pertinent to mention that the recent back-pedalling of Uddhav Thackeray can be attributed to the fragile alliance his party has with Congress in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena has already shunned its support to Hindutva in order to stitch an alliance with NCP and Congress. The chief ministership of Uddhav Thackeray is surviving on the tenuous coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress party. In such a scenario, many believe that Sena’s support to the CAB in Lok Sabha might have irked the Congress royals.

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