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The Shiv Sena, which has been targeting the Centre over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), on Saturday said Muslims belonging to Pakistan and Bangladesh should be thrown out of the country. The Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana, however, maintained that the amended citizenship law has loopholes that need to be addressed.

"There is no doubt that Muslims of Pakistan and Bangladesh should be thrown out of the country, but to do that you change the colour of your flag. This is very interesting. Shiv Sena has never changed its flag. It will remain saffron always. Shiv Sena has always fought for Hindutva. The CAA has several loopholes," Sena said in an editorial in Saamana on Saturday.

Slams Raj Thackeray

The party also took on MNS Chief Raj Thackeray for changing the colour of the party flag to saffron. The Sena accused Raj Thackeray of making Hindutva its prime agenda in order to gain brownie points with the BJP for votes.

Launching a scathing attack on MNS chief Raj Thackeray, the Shiv Sena has said nothing justifies Raj Thackeray's decision to change his party flag to saffron.

Accusing the MNS of making Hindutva its prime agenda, Shiv Sena said, "14 years back Raj Thackeray formed a party for the Marathi ideology but now it has changed its track to Hindutva. When Raj Thackeray during his speech said welcome my Hindu brothers and sisters it was demanded by BJP. MNS could not get anything and now also it cannot get anything."

"Just a few weeks back it was same Raj Thackeray who was against the CAA, and now just for votes, he is changing colours. It is clear the BJP wants to get political benefits. With CAA not only Muslims but 30 to 40 percent Hindus will be affected. In this law, army men, the family of an ex-president are not getting included and are being shown as outsiders."

Coming out in full support on the government's endeavours on CAA and NRC, Raj Thackeray said that his party would carry out a big morcha on February 9 in Mumbai in opposition to those who oppose the CAA and NRC.

In December last year, Raj Thackeray had said that the illegal immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh should be thrown out of the country irrespective of their religion.

He had said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is uncalled for as it will increase the burden on India which is allegedly not able to cater to the needs of its own people.

"India is not Dharamshala. People coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan should be thrown out. India had not taken the contract of humanity," Raj Thackeray had said while addressing a press conference in Pune.

"It is not kids play to go ahead with the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray and Veer Savarkar. But if you want to go ahead we support you and go ahead," Sena said.

Further slamming the BJP, Sena said, "Things which BJP could not do it in five years, the Maha Vikas Aghadi did it in 50 days. They can form a government with Mehbooba Mufti, but here we can't form a government with Congress and NCP. We are in government for the Common Minimum Program. For the betterment of Maharashtra."
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