Kerala CM Rejects BJP's Criticisms Against the State's Anti-CAA Resolution

BP World Bureau | Jan 02 2020 11:55:13 AM
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejected Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) criticisms against the resolution passed by the state against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Mr Pinarayi Vijayan said that state assemblies have their own privileges, lashing out at union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's criticisms.

Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that only Parliament has the power to pass any law with regard to citizenship and that CM Vijayan should get better legal advice.

GVL Narasimha Rao, a BJP Rajya Sabha member, wrote to the House chairman M Venkaiah Naidu so that they will initiate breach of parliamentary privileges and contempt proceedings against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Reacting to these proceedings, Mr Vijayan said that State Assemblies have its own privileges and the actions undertaken by the BJP is unheard of.

He mocked the BJP by saying that such a state of the art things is happening in the country for a while.

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Mr Vijayan also said that Kerala is the first state to pass a resolution against Citizenship (Amendment) Act which has been violating the fundamental principles of the Constitution.

However, he said that if  Governor Arif Mohammed Khan is supporting the CAA and NRC then it is because he is entitled to his opinions.

Kerala is one of the states who had announced that they will not implement the CAA and NRC in the state along with Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal and non-BJP ruled states. Kerala's CPI(M) led government is the first state to take the legislator route.

Ruling CPIM and opposition Congress came together against the CAA and NRC.

Citizenship (Amendment)Act is changed added in the Citizenship Act to give illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan Indian citizenship if they belong to Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Jain or Christian community.

BJP had mentioned that the law is meant to give persecuted minorities from these nations Indian citizenship. However, when implemented with NRC, this will filter out illegal Muslim immigrants who will be detained, deported or be stripped of rights such as voting and property.