Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. (Photo Credit: PTI file)
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday wrote to his counterparts in 11 states on Citizenship (Amendment) Act, urging them to save “secularism” and “democracy”, days after the assembly passed a resolution on repealing controversial act.
The Kerala CM wrote to the CMs of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Odisha, saying: "States, which have opinion that the CAA should be repealed can consider similar steps (Kerala Assembly's resolution against CAA)".
In the letter to the chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal, Vijayan said: "Apprehensions have arisen among large sections of our society consequent to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The need of the hour is unity among all Indians who wish to protect and preserve our cherished values of democracy and secularism," he said.
The Kerala Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding scrapping of CAA, amid raging countrywide protests against the legislation.
The ruling CPI(M)-LDF and the Opposition Congress led UDF supported the resolution while BJP's lone MLA and former Union minister O Rajagopal's was the only dissenting voice in the one-day special session.