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Kerala, Punjab pass Resolution against CAA, Kapil Sibal tags Forcible Boycott of CAA in States “Unconstitutional”

The Kerala government passed the resolution in the state assembly against the implementation of CAA on December 31, 2019. Subsequently, Punjab also passed the resolution in the state assembly against the implementation of CAA in the state on January 17, 2020. Several other states like Delhi, West Bengal and Maharashtra are said to join the league against CAA.

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Congress Leader, Kapil Sibal

In the race to pass a resolution to oppose the implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 in their states, Kerala and Punjab have succeeded in passing the resolution in their assembly to oppose the implementation of CAA in their states. The Congress party and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) ruled Kerala became the first state to pass the resolution to distance from CAA. The state of Punjab under the leadership of Congress prominent Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, followed the footmark of Kerala in passing the resolution against CAA implementation in it’s state.

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The Maha Vikas Aaghadi (MVA) ruled Maharashtra has also become one more state which could possibly plan to pass a resolution in the state assembly against CAA. The MVA is the ruling front of Maharashtra state which comprises of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress party. The information came out after the Congress leader and spokesperson, Raju Waghmare, said that his party leader Balasaheb Thorat is against the act. Additionally, he named Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, also against the implementation of CAA in the state, reported ANI.

The other anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states are also mulling over following the same steps to protest against CAA. However, the senior Congress party leader, Kapil Sibal, has indicated that passing a resolution and stating to boycott the implementation of CAA passed by both the houses of the parliament will be unconstitutional.

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“You must know that if the CAA is passed, no state can say ‘I will not implement it’. That’s not possible. That is unconstitutional. You can oppose it. You can pass a resolution in the assembly and ask the central government to withdraw it (to say please withdraw it),” Sibal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Sibal was speaking in the Kerala Literature Festival on Saturday when he admitted that forcible non-implementation of the CAA will be unconstitutional and impossible. He urged all the non-BJP parties to let Congress party lead the front to fight the battle against CAA “politically”.

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The Kerala government passed the resolution in the state assembly against the implementation of CAA on December 31, 2019. Subsequently, Punjab also passed the resolution in the state assembly against the implementation of CAA in the state on January 17, 2020. Several other states like Delhi, West Bengal and Maharashtra are said to join the league against CAA.

CAA is a contentious legislation passed by both the houses of parliament which intends to change the definition of illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Those persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be given citizenship in a fast track manner in 6 years. The cutoff date of such immigrants living in India is set as December 31, 2014.

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BJP has been accusing Congress party and other parties of spreading rumors and misleading the Muslims to create fear in them. The party president and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, has clarified that this act is not to take away anyone’s citizenship but a legislation to give citizenship. Other party leaders along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi have urged the protesting Muslims to read the act rather than believing on rumours.

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