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AIADMK had earlier supported CAA but is pushing to scrap it ahead of the assembly elections.

The AIADMK has promised to scrap CAA if they are chosen to power, however, the party had voted in its favor in the Rajya Sabha.

The AIADMK has promised to scrap CAA if they are chosen to power, however, the party had voted in its favor in the Rajya Sabha. On March 14, 2021, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) released its election manifesto ahead of the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. While releasing the manifesto, which included over 160 promises, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami assured that the party would urge the Centre to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) if they are elected back to power, Indian Express reported.

Hours after the announcement by the AIADMK, BJP's national secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu CT Ravi took to Twitter and said that the act would not be scrapped. Ravi, however, didn't take a direct jibe at his ally AIADMK. Ravi tweeted: "DMK owner @MKStalin says that his party will continue to fight against #CAA. Why is Stalin opposing a law to provide citizenship to oppressed Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians from Pakistan & other Nations? Stalin or anyone else can oppose it; the CAA will not be scrapped."

Even state IT wing president of BJP CTR Nirmal Kumar criticized AIADMK for the CAA remark, saying, "Knowing the Centre's stand, the AIADMK leadership should not make CAA issue live again." "It is an embarrassment for us," he added.

The CAA allows Indian citizenship to Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, and Christian Religious minorities who fled from neighboring countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan before December 2014 due to "religious persecution or fear of religious persecution." However, the act excludes Muslims.

In December 2019, the upper house passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. As many as 125 MPs voted in favor and 99 against the Rajya Sabha bill. The AIADMK had voted in favor of the law in the parliament, NDTV reported. The party had then maintained that the "law would not affect any Indian citizens."

After voting in the law's favor in the upper house, the party has changed its stance ahead of the assembly elections.

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