Request centre to repeal CAA, block NPR: Kerala CM Pinaryi Vijayan writes to 11 non-BJP CMs
On Tuesday, the Kerala assembly had passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)
After passing a resolution in the State assembly demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Kerala government has written to the Non-BJP chief ministers, requesting them to "consider similar steps."
In letters addressed to Chief Ministers of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Odisha, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan made a call for unity against the CAA.
(Letters written to Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal)
He urged them to consider passing resolutions in the assembly to stay activities relating to the National Population Register (NPR) and request the central government to repeal the CAA. This comes amidst apprehensions that preparation of NPR will lead to NRC.
On Tuesday, the Kerala assembly had passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). With this, Kerala became the first state to oppose legislatively the controversial citizenship law that has triggered nationwide protests.
Setting aside their political differences, Kerala's CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front(LDF) and Opposition Congress-headed United Democratic Front(UDF) came together to launch a joint offensive against the Centre on the CAA.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who moved the resolution and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala of the Congress, who seconded it, alleged that the CAA was an attempt to make India a religious nation.
Even before Kerala, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal had stayed all work related to the preparation of NPR until further orders. Even Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy has said that they are planning to adopt a resolution in the next Assembly session seeking scrapping of the controversial CAA.