Mumbai: Similar sentiments echo as similar BJP-ruled states that hamper the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, Maharashtra minister and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said on Friday that the states would follow the party’s central leadership policy.
“We will follow the policy of our party’s central leadership,” said Balasaheb Thorat on being asked if Maharashtra will implement the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 became an act after it was given by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.
Earlier, the bill went smoothly through the Rajya Sabha in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday and earlier on Monday. Congress opposed the passage of the Bills in both the Houses.
The Act will grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.