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Kapil Sibal: "States Can't Say Won't Follow Law Passed By Parliament'"
Just after few days Kerala moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) amidst nationwide protests, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, said it would be "difficult for any state government to say that 'I will not follow a law passed by parliament'".
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal was in Kozhikode on Saturday.
New Delhi: Just after few days Kerala moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) amidst nationwide protests, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, was in Kozhikode on Saturday, said it would be "difficult for any state government to say that 'I will not follow a law passed by parliament'".
"The states are sending a message to the central government that they are unhappy with the citizenship law, the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register. But the NRC is based on National Population Register and that has to be implemented by a local registrar, who is appointed by state-level officers."
"Basically what is being said is we won't allow state-level officers to cooperate with Union of India... practically, I don't know if that's possible. It's a grey area," Kapil Sibal said on the sidelines of the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode.
He said, "Constitutionally, it would be difficult for any government to say that 'I will not follow a law passed by parliament'."
He added, In the "fight against CAA", other parties should let Congress take charge, "When it's about national politics, I think we all must stand together because this is a national legislation. So, we should not be scoring political points. What we need to do is politically come together... fight this battle and let the Congress (nationally) take charge," Mr Sibal was stated, as saying by news agency ANI.
He tweeted this morning, by calling the new citizenship law "unconstitutional" and said the "fight (against it) must go on". He wrote, Every State Assembly has the constitutional right to pass a resolution and seek it's withdrawal. When and if the law is declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court then it will be problematic to oppose it."
I believe the CAA is unconstitutional— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) January 19, 2020
Every State Assembly has the constitutional right to pass a resolution and seek it’s withdrawal
When and if the law is declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court then it will be problematic to oppose it
The fight must go on !
Another senior Congress leader, Salman Khurshid echoed Mr Sibal's views. "If Supreme Court doesn't interfere (over citizenship law) it'll remain on statute book. If something's on statute book,you've to obey law, else there are consequences," Salman Khurshid stated, as saying by news agency ANI.
He added, "It's a matter where state governments have a very serious difference of opinion with centre. So we would wait for top court's decision."
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which cleared the parliament making religion the test of citizenship in India for the first time. While the government states that it will help minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan to get citizenship if they fled to India because of religious persecution before 2015, As per the critics, it is designed to discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.
However, the National Register of Citizens (NRC), aims to identify illegal immigrants settled in the country. People opposed to the CAA claim that it is a forerunner to a nationwide NRC, putting millions of the nation's Muslim citizens at risk of persecution once the entire process is completed.
Various states across the country, including Bihar where NDA ally JDU is in power, have stated they won't implement the NRC. Others states like West Bengal and Congress-ruled Punjab have voiced concern against the CAA.
Kerala, was the first state to pass a resolution in the state assembly against the CAA, followed by Punjab. While, the Left government in Kerala has already moved the top court against the law, Punjab too has stated that it will challenge the CAA before the Supreme Court.
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