CAA, NRC and NPR: Rajinikanth listens to Muslim leaders, offers his support to help the return of peace

CHENNAI: Representatives of Tamil Nadu Jamatul Ulama Sabai visited actor Rajinikanth on Sunday at his residence at Poes Garden in Chennai and explained the impact of the Citizens Amendment Act (), the National Registry of Citizens () and the National Registry of Citizens (NPR) will have over Muslims.

The meeting took place in the context of Rajinikanth offering to lead a protest if only one Muslim is affected by the CAA. The actor has argued that it is unlikely that the Center will withdraw it.

“Soon after he spoke to the media last time, we felt that he is not fully aware of the impact the CAA, the NRC and the NPR will have on Muslim s and why so many people, including women, graduates and elders are holding protests against CAA across the country. We thought he should understand the issues behind the move from all angles and sent a word to him that we were willing to come in person and explain it, if needed. Rajinikanth, who was in Hyderabad then, sent a word inviting us to meet him on Sunday, after he returned to the city,” Tamil Nadu Jama’athul Ulama Sabai president P A Khaja Mohinudeen Baqavi told TOI.

“He received us in a dignified manner and we had a free discussion. The meeting lasted one hour and 15 minutes. We explained the whole thing and he listened enthusiastically. At the end of the meeting, he not only fully understood the problem, but also offered all his support in his power to help the peace return, ”said Baqavi.

The ulama delegation had presented him with a compilation of quotes from various political leaders, educators, written articles about the CAA, the NRC and the NPR and even speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both inside and outside Parliament, and how the government had Repeatedly mentioned implementing NRC, he said.