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CAA row : TN CM accuses DMK of deceiving minorites, DMK walks out on dual citizenship for Lankan Tamils

Chennai, Feb 18 (UNI) The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) had it
echo in the Tamil Nadu Assembly for the second day today with Chief
Minister K Palaniswami charging the Opposition DMK with enacting a
drama and deceiving the people on the issue.
Intervening during the debate on the budget, Mr Palaniswami asked the
DMK to provide details as to who were affected by the CAA.
''Give us the details on who is affected by the CAA. I am ready to reply'',
a visibly upset Palaniswami said.
''Tell me which minority is affected by the CAA in the State. Give us the
details, I am ready to reply to it'', he added.
He also accused the DMK of enacting a drama and deceiving the minorities
on CAA to create problems in the State, which remained a haven of peace.
Mr Palaniswami also reiterated that none of the Muslims would be affected
by the CAA and asserted that his government would not allow any move
that would affect them.
Earlier, DMK Member Mano Thangaraj, speaking on the debate, wanted the
government to adopt a resolution against the CAA in the House on the lines
of Kerala and other states, a demand which had already been rejected by
Speaker P Dhanapal.
On the dual citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils, Mr Palaniswami it was under the
domain of the Centre and not the State.
Earlier, on a breach of privilege moved by DMK member Thangam Thennarasu
against Minister K Pandiarajan for misleading the House on the issue, the Speaker,
after Minister's detailed reply, said there was no breach of privilege.
After Mr Thennarasu sought action against the Minister for misleading the House
that the state government would get dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamils living
in refugee camps in the state, even after the Centre said it was not legally possible,
Mr Pandiarajan gave a detailed reply after which the Speaker gave his verdict.
Dissatisfied with the Speaker's verdict, the DMK members staged a walk out from
the House.
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