Kerala Assembly passes resolution against controversial Citizenship Act

The Kerala Assembly today passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, amid raging countrywide protests.

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.

The house adopted the resolution moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a special session.

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.

Massive protests have spread across India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019. (CAA).  The bill grants citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and is against the secular fabric of the Indian constitution.

The protests have killed at least 25 people: 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 5 in Assam and 2 in Karnataka.