Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

No State can deny implementation of CAA, says Kapil Sibal

No State can deny implementation of CAA, says Kapil Sibal

Parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal said the Assembly session will begin on January 24.

He said that many state governments have a "difference of opinion" on the law with the centre but the decision to withdraw the CAA lies exclusively with the Supreme Court. The resolution was moved by State Minister Brahm Mohindra in Congress-led Assembly.

Official sources said that the resolution is likely to be introduced on the very first day of the session.

Speaking to ANI, Congress spokesperson Raju Waghmare said: "Our senior party leader Balasaheb Thorat has also shared his stand on the CAA".

Congress high command on Sunday asserted the state governments which have moved or would move the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act have the right to maintain that they won't implement CAA till SC gave its ruling.

Sibal's remark comes after the Punjab Congress government passed a resolution in the state Assembly against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA).

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#WATCH Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal in Kozhikode, Kerala: Constitutionally, it will be hard for any state government to say that "I will not follow a law passed by Parliament".

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah have become living symbols of "sectarianism, bigotry and fanaticism" using the instrument of state to attack India's ethos and its Constitution", Mr Surjewala alleged.

Khurshid said, "If SC doesn't interfere it'll remain on the statute book".

On Saturday, speaking at the ongoing Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode, Sibal had said that it will be hard for states to not implement CAA as it is a law passed by the Parliament.

"Let the BJP government and its Governors not forget that India is a Union of states".

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