Actor turned politician superstar Rajinikanth demanded that the leaders at the Centre resign if they are unable to control the violence in New Delhi. He stated that while peaceful protests are acceptable, the agitation should not be allowed to turn violent. He however maintained that CAA will not affect Indian Muslims and that the Centre has clarified its stand on NRC and won't be implementing it.
"They have clearly spoken about NRC. They have not implemented it yet. Why create confusion about it? The protests have to stop with iron hands. If they can't, let them resign and go. What is this? It is has gone too far. Protests should never be allowed to become violent. Why is intelligence there? You can protest peacefully and not indulge in violence."
Without naming parties, he admitted to political outfits fanning communal hatred. "Like I said before, some parties are using communal sentiments to trigger people. This is not correct. If the Centre doesn't stop this now, it will become difficult in the future," he appealed.
Rajinikanth also expressed regret over being associated with the BJP. "I think protests will not change anything. That is my opinion. Immediately they say I am linked, backed or belong to the BJP. I feel bad that senior journalists and political commentators are saying this," he added.
Riots in parts of northeast New Delhi began on Sunday and scores have been injured in the violence.