Kolkata/Mangaluru: West Bengal on Monday passed a resolution against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act becoming the fourth non-BJP state to take the legislative route and be on a collision course with the NDA government which asserted every state should implement the act as it was a central law.
The assembly in Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal approved the resolution brought by the state government demanding that the CAA be repealed forthwith, as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it is “against the Constitution and humanity”.
The resolution was backed by both the opposition parties Congress and the CPI-M-led Left Front but opposed by the BJP.
Kerala, Rajasthan and Punjab in the recent weeks passed resolutions against the new citizenship law that has triggered nationwide protests and a vicious political slugfest.
Unfazed by more and more states adopting a formal resolution against the CAA and refusing to implement it, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said it is not a law to hurt the sentiments of any religion but to give relief to victims of religious persecution in neighbouring countries.
“The CAA is a central law and everyone (state) should implement it,” he told a rally in Mangaluru which recently witnessed violent anti-CAA protests in which two people lost their lives.
Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha termed the passing of anti-CAA resolutions by non-BJP states a constitutional crisis, saying this can’t be ignored.
He stressed there was no need to bring the legislation as it was “anti-democratic” and “divided people on the basis of religion”. “There is a constitutional crisis. You cannot ignore state governments. You have to take them into confidence,” Sinha told reporters in Lucknow when asked about resolutions passed by states against the CAA. In a related development, the Congress moved the National Human Rights Commission demanding action against alleged police atrocities on anti-CAA protesters in Uttar Pradesh, claiming that victims have been made accused in case-related FIRs and no police officer has been named.
The BSP demanded withdrawal of cases lodged by the UP government against women protesting against the CAA and National Register of Citizens in the state.
Women have been staging protests in different parts of the state including at the historic Clock Tower in Lucknow, demanding scrapping of the CAA and NRC.
Shaheen Bagh, which has emerged as the epicentre of the protests in Delhi, sparked a fresh political slugfest with senior Congress leader P Chidambaram hitting out at Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, saying “mocking” this protest, which “represents the essence of Mahatma Gandhi”, amounts to “mocking Ahimsa and Satyagraha”.
Prasad had earlier in the day said the ongoing protest at Shaheen Bagh spearheaded by women is offering a platform to the ‘tukde tukde gang’ under the garb of opposition to the CAA.
The BJP leader also alleged that the protest was emerging as “a textbook case of a few hundred people trying to suppress the silent majority”.