Maharashtra's lesson is 'daro mat': Sanjay Raut to the CAA protesters

MUMBAI: The leader of Shiv Sena said Saturday that his party strongly supported the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and that the lesson for the country was don't be afraid.

Raut was speaking at a meeting on the controversial legislation here, organized by Jamaat e-Islamic Hind and the Association for the Protection of Civil Rights.

My party strongly supports anti-CAA protests, he said.

Affirming that the BJP had not yet reached an agreement with its loss of power in Maharashtra, Raut said: They are still afflicted, and we must give them more pain.

Daro mat (don't be afraid) is the lesson that Maharashtra has taught the country, he said, apparently referring to Sena's decision to cut ties with the BJP and form a government with Congress and the NCP in the state.

Maharashtra has shown the way to the country, he added.

The country is our religion. We should all be united, and this is what they (the BJP) fear, he said.

Bal Thackeray was known as a defender of the Hindus, but the late founder of Sena believed that this country belongs to everyone, Raut said.

Balasaheb never said that Muslims should be expelled. He faced the traitors, Raut said, adding that Thackeray had many Muslim friends.

He also noted that Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray was the first in the country to criticize the police by firing at students protesting against the CAA in Delhi.

When shooting at students, the country and democracy are in danger, Raut said.

Criticizing the interior minister of the Union Amit Shah Raut said, The Interior Minister says Congress could not stop the Partition in religious lines. If so, where were you then?

Raut also criticized the prime minister Narendra Modi for often accusing opposition leaders of speaking the language of Pakistan. This divide and conquer policy is dangerous, he said.