August 13, 2020 | 6:12 PM IST

Top Congress leader asks party-ruled states to pass anti-CAA resolutions

The brass Congress leaders on Sunday asked all Congress-ruled states to follow the example of the party government in Punjab and pass an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) resolution in their respective assemblies.
The decision has come after senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal at the Literature Festival in Kerala on Saturday said, “If the CAA is passed no state can say ‘I will not implement it’. It is not possible and is unconstitutional. You can oppose it, you can pass a resolution in the Assembly and ask the central government to withdraw it. But constitutionally saying that I won’t implement, it is going to be problematic and going to create more difficulties.
However, on Sunday early morning, Sibal twitted, “I believed the CAA is unconstitutional. Every State Assembly has the constitutional right to pass a resolution and seek its withdrawal. When and if the law is declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court then it will be problematic to oppose it. The fight must go on!”

Another senior Congress party leader Ahmed Patel said that after Punjab, the party was thinking about bringing a resolution against the CAA in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh and that this would be a clear message to the central government to reconsider the Act.
Meanwhile, The Congress-ruled Rajasthan has also decided to bring in a resolution against the CAA in the budget session of the state assembly beginning from January 24.

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