Mumbai, Jan 12: Shiv Sena supremo has expressed strong disapproval on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision to allow voting rights for NRIs, and has advised him to 'tread cautiously'.
"Just because NRIs have loads of money doesn't justify their getting voting rights," Thackeray wrote in a 'Saamana' editorial piece.
"India does not expect money from its sons who have settled abroad. It expects that they come and stay here for a while and guide locals and contribute to development by sparing their knowledge, time and experience. This is more important than voting rights," the Sena chief added.
"You (NRIs) should consider the country where you are based, as your motherland. Don't step on two stones, else you will be accused of dual loyalty," he said.
"A large number of Muslims in India are loyal to Pakistan and India has to bear consequences," he stated in the Sena mouthpiece.
Recognising the overseas Indians' 'legitimate desire to exercise their franchise and to have a say in who governs India', the prime minister on Friday, Jan 8, promised that the NRIs will be able to cast their votes by next general elections.