CHENNAI: The ruling AIADMK has on Sunday assured the minorities that their rights would be safeguarded and that they need not have any qualms over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Allaying the apprehensions of the Muslims, especially in the wake of heightened protests against the Act in Old Washermanpet here, State Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said a situation leading to the Muslims forfeiting their rights would not arise in Tamil Nadu. Speaking to reporters after meeting a delegation of the Jamath leaders here the Minister said the Jamath leaders have put forth six demands and these would be taken to the notice of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami for appropriate action.
Among the demands include, the passing of Assembly resolution during the ongoing session declining to implement the CAA in Tamil Nadu, as Kerala and Puducherry Assemblies have done.
“As far as the Amma government is concerned, it would always protect the interests of the minorities, especially the Muslims. Even they are aware of this… it was also explained in the State Assembly,” Mr. Jayakumar said and reiterated that Muslims need not be apprehensive that their rights would be affected.
Meanwhile, there was no let up in the anti-CAA protests which continued for the third day in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Members from the Muslim community continued the agitation in Old Washermanpet area in the city and other parts of the State, as well. After a transient lull in agitations in December last year, the protesters hit the streets on Friday and the violence that broke out during the agitation left four police personnel besides some protesters injured.