Chief ministers of Kerala and Punjab have decided to follow West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee that is opposing implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in West Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee on CAB
Mamata Banerjee turned down the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill even before it was passed by parliament. She voiced her concern about minorities while addressing a gathering in Kharagpur at the same time when Union Home Minister Amit Shah was speaking over CAB in the Lok Sabha. Minorities shouldn’t get scared of the bill as WB government was with them. She was also opposing National Register of Citizens.
Kerala CM on CAB
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayansaid that Kerala had no place for such an “unconstitutional law”. He further said that the constitutional guarantee of equal citizenship to all irrespective their faith was made void by this law. He said that any move to determine citizenship in the basis of religion was equal to rejecting the constitution.
Punjab CM on CAB
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that Congress with majority would oppose the bill in the assembly and block the unconstitutional bill from being implemented in the state. He further said that the law was very divisive in nature.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
The controversial bill has been passed by the parliament and it is waiting assent of the President Ram Nath Kovind. The Indian Muslim League of Kerala has challenged the bill in Supreme Court and the Congress is expected to file its challenge soon. The bill is getting maximum opposition in North East where two people have already been killed in police firing in Guwahati.