Chennai: Throwing weight behind the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), superstar Rajinikanth on Wednesday defended Modi-led government saying the law will not affect Muslims even as he wondered how Muslims who chose to stay back in India following Partition are sent out of the country.

"Citizenship Amendment Act will not affect any citizen of our country. If it affects Muslims, then I will be the first person to stand up for them," Rajinikanth said on Wednesday. "How will Muslims who chose to stay back in India following partition be sent out of the country?" Rajinikanth was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Besides, the Central government has assured that Indian people will have no issues in view of the Citizenship Amendment Act, he noted.

Thalaivar Rajinikanth also spoke in favour of the National Population Register (NPR) and called it a necessity.

"NPR is a necessity to find out about the outsiders. It has been clarified that NRC has not been formulated yet," Rajinikanth said. The superstar also accused some political parties of instigating people against CAA for their selfish interests.

Alleging that some political parties were instigating people against CAA for their selfish interests, he also blamed religious leaders for supporting protests against the law and dubbed it "very wrong". Backing the National Population Register exercise, he said the drive is "very, very essential," and added that the Congress-led government had done it in the past.

Earlier, he had expressed concern over anti-CAA violence in various parts of the country, saying violence and rioting cannot be a way to find solutions to any issue.

"Violence and rioting should not become a way to find a solution for any issue. I request the people of India to stay united and vigilant keeping in mind the nation's security and welfare," Rajinikanth had said.