Punjab state assembly today passed a resolution demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
The Congress-ruled Punjab is the second state to pass a resolution against the CAA in the state assembly after Kerala, where the CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF) is in power.
Kerala had also moved the Supreme Court against the controversial Act, becoming the first state in the country to do so.
“The CAA enacted by Parliament has caused countrywide anguish and social unrest with widespread protests all over the country,” State minister Brahm Mohindra said while moving the resolution in the assembly. “The state of Punjab also witnessed protests against this legislation, which were peaceful and involved all segments of our society.”
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had recently said that his government would not allow the implementation of the “brazenly divisive and blatantly unconstitutional CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC)”.
Similar resolutions expected in Congress-ruled states.
According to reports, all the Congress-ruled states in India are likely to move similar resolutions against the CAA. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is tasked with the responsibility to co-ordinate with Congress-ruled states to move anti-CAA resolutions in the respective state assemblies, news agency ANI reported.
Congress and other opposition parties have been opposing the newly passed Act, calling it discriminatory against Muslims, and the proposal to implement a nation-wide NRC.
In a democracy people have the right to raise their voice against wrong decisions & policies of the govt & register their concerns… BJP govt has shown utter disregard for people’s voices & chosen to use brute force to suppress dissent: CP Smt. Sonia Gandhi #IndiaAgainstCAA pic.twitter.com/5AKOpn76Dx
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 20, 2019
The nation has been witnessing widespread protests and violent agitations against the CAA, since it was passed in Parliament in December 2019. The amended Citizenship Act grants Indian citizenship to migrants from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.