Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has been repeatedly opposing the contentious law. (Photo Credit: PTI File)
The Rajasthan government under chief minister Ashok Gehlot will bring a resolution in the state assembly against the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The resolution is likely to be brought on the first day of budget session of Rajasthan state assembly, said government sources. The decision to bring resolution against the contentious legislation comes after senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday said there is no way a state can deny the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) when it is already passed by the parliament. He had added that denial of the legislation would be “unconstitutional”.
Moreover, Kerala and Punjab have already passed resolutions to step up pressure on the Centre against the amended law, which has sparked a series of protests and violence in different parts of the country.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had also written a letter to 11 non-BJP chief ministers citing a resolution passed by the state demanding scrapping of the amended Citizenship Act and asking them to take similar steps against the contentious legislation.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has been repeatedly opposing the contentious law and has said the state government will not implement the CAA and NRC in the state. Earlier, he also held a massive and peaceful rally in Jaipur against CAA.
On various occasions, the chief minister has clearly said that his government will neither implement CAA nor NRC.
However, the opposition BJP has said that it will strongly oppose government’s move to bring the resolution.
BJP state president MLA Satish Poonia said, “We will oppose any such move of the government. No one, be it the chief minister or government or any party, is above the law.”