Launching a sharp attack on the recently passed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed the bill as “unconstitutional“. The leader also said that his state will not accept the CAB bill. Parliament has approved the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Wednesday.
Speaking further in the issue of the CAB bill, Pinarayi Vijayan also alleged that the Narendra Modi-led government is dividing the country into religious lines. As quoted by ANI, he said, “Kerala will not accept the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill. It is unconstitutional. The central government is trying to divide India into religious lines.”
While the Prime Minister has accused the Congress party of misleading the country over the bill. As quoted by ANI, he said, “Congress in the past had promised relief to persecuted minority refugees but never did anything for them. The condition in which they were living in Pakistan, similar treatment was given by Congress governments to them. Don’t be misled by Congress’s statements. There are attempts to fuel tensions in the Northeast region. Most of the region is out of the ambit of this bill but the politics of Congress and its allies depend on illegal immigrants.”
Terming the passage of the CAB Bill as a move to sabotage secular values enshrined in the Constitution of India, Chief Minister said, “This is a move to sabotage equality and secularism.”
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill), 2019 bill seeks to declare Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zorastrian, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan eligible for citizenship who came to India before December 31, 2014. Although the Bill only carries the provision of citizenship for the non-muslim population that arrived from the neighboring nations.