West Bengal Assembly (Photo Credit: PTI/File)
New Delhi :
The West Bengal government on Monday became forth state to move a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) since the law was passed in December. West Bengal parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee tabled the resolution in the state Assembly. The resolution appeals to the Union government to repeal the amended Citizenship Law and revoke plans to implement NRC and update NPR.
Three states - Kerala, Rajasthan, and Punjab - have already passed resolutions against the new citizenship law.
The law has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the state, with the Trinamool Congress opposing the contentious legislation tooth and nail, and the BJP pressing for its implementation.
Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool controls more than two-thirds of the seats in the 294-member House and hence the resolution moved by the government will be passed in the Assembly.
Mamata Banerjee has time and again assured the people of the state that she will not allow anyone to snatch their rights. While addressing a public rally in South Bengal, Mamata launched a scathing attack against the Modi government over the Citizenship Act and National Registration Act (NRC) and said that the state government will not allow snatching of people's rights.
Calling herself as ‘Pehredar’ of people, Mamata Banerjee warned the Centre that they will have to implement the Citizenship Act over her dead body. “I am your pehradar (custodian), if anyone comes to take away your rights, they will have to do it over my dead body,” Mamata said. “We do not live at the mercy of anyone, will not allow snatching of people's rights,” she added.
Mamata Banerjee had said that she was all in favour of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, but her party will not resort to the “cheap politics” of bandhs.