No state can say it won’t implement CAA, says Kapil Sibal

Clay Curtis
January 20, 2020

"There is no way a state can deny the implementation of the CAA when it is already passed by the Parliament".

Kerala was the first state to pass a resolution in the state assembly against the CAA and to knock on the doors of the top court, challenging the new law. It is not possible and is unconstitutional.

Hardening his stand, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Monday rejected the Left front government's explanation over moving the Supreme Court against CAA without informing him and said it was "unlawful".

It was the first State government to challenge the Act and the Kerala Assembly was the first to pass a resolution against the law. Both the non-BJP ruled states had passed a resolution, urging the centre to withdraw the CAA.

A day after CPI (M) mouthpiece Deshabhimani attacked the Governor in a hard-hitting editorial, party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Sunday accused Khan of unnecessarily interfering in the day-to-day affairs of the government. So when state says that it will not implement NPR, it means that the officers will be asked not to cooperate with the Centre.

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The senior Congress leader said that the NRC is based on NPR which has to be implemented by the local registrar. Local registrars will be appointed at the level of community in which enumerations are to take place.

The Kerala Governor had earlier said that the citizenship law has to be implemented as there is no other option and the states have to implement it under Article 254.

Attacking Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Khan had earlier said the public affairs and the business of the government can not be run in accordance with the "whims of an individual or a political party" and everyone has to respect the rules.

The veteran Congress leader said that the agitation was making impact globally and within the country because people have realised that this was not politics but this was real. They are not connected to any political party.

"People in India are showing their angst, their concerns, their worries about the future of India. He has done his own development rather than development of the country", he added. The theme of KLF 2020 is environment and climate change.

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