As of now, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh have made it clear that they will not apply in their state to implement the Citizenship Act. The basis for not implementing the law in our state is that the BJP is harming the country’s secular credentials. However, the Center says that the state has no such right to make any decision related to the topic ‘Citizenship’ which comes in the list of the Center.
A senior home ministry official told CNN NEWS18 that states cannot refuse to implement the law made under the subjects in the Central List. The official said that there are three lists in the seventh list of the constitution, which includes union, state and concurrent list. Under this, any law passed by the Parliament which is under the subject of the list of the Union, will apply to the whole country.
Mamta Banerjee has been protesting from the beginning
Although Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had voiced opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill even before it was passed by Parliament on Wednesday, CM Pinarayi Vijayan and CM Amarinder Singh in Kerala and Punjab said on Thursday that those laws in their state Will not be allowed to be implemented.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, termed this law an attack on the secular and democratic character of India and said that there is no place for such ‘unconstitutional’ law in his state. The state will adopt the path of civil disobedience!
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Amarinder Singh said that with a majority in the Punjab Assembly, the Congress will stop the ‘unconstitutional’ law that is applicable in the state, this law is very divisive in nature. ‘ Mamta Banerjee has reiterated that she will not allow the law to be implemented in Bengal and on Friday said that she will hold a protest rally in Kolkata on 16 December.
The governments of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have also indicated that they will not implement the law, but officially they said that they will continue to stand on the stand of the Congress high command. Sources in the MP government said that the states are aware of the constitutional position, but argued that the role of the state cannot be completely ruled out. One officer said, “Civil disobedience is the path available to us.”