Kerala assembly passes resolution against citizenship law
Published : Tuesday, 31 December, 2019 at 3:48 PM Count : 152
The Kerala Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, amid raging countrywide protests against the legislation.
The ruling CPI(M)-LDF and the opposition Congress-led UDF supported the resolution while BJP's lone MLA and former union minister O Rajagopal's was the only dissenting voice in the one-day special session.
The house adopted the resolution moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, reports NVTV.
While presenting the resolution, Mr Vijayan said the CAA was against the "secular" outlook and fabric of the country and would lead to religion- based discrimination in granting citizenship. "The Act contradicts the basic values and principles of the Constitution. In view of the anxiety among the people of the country,the centre should take steps to drop the CAA and uphold the secular outlook of the Constitution," he said.
Noting that the act had triggered widespread protests among various stratas of society, the Chief Minister said it had dented India's image in front of the international community. Mr Vijayan also ensured the Assembly that there wont be any detention centres in the southern state.
The Congress-led UDF had demanded the Left government to convene a special session and pass a resolution against the CAA during an all-party meeting convened by the Chief Minister on December 29 to discuss the issue.