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CM Vijayan reiterates CAA will not be implemented in Kerala

CM Vijayan reiterates CAA will not be implemented in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday reiterated his stance that the Citizenship Amendment Act will not be implemented in the state.

The CM was addressing the public after a virtual inauguration ceremony and emphasised that the left government has maintained its stance on the issue from the very beginning.

Vijayan further said that belonging to one religion is not a criterion for citizenship in the country and said that people have a right to believe in any religion or live without believing in any religion.

The CM meanwhile slammed the BJP-led central government for bringing in the Citizenship Amendment Act which can distinguish people on the basis of a particular religion and affect even their citizenship.

"The left front has always taken a clear and strong stand in such issues. We clearly said that we are not ready to implement the citizenship act. Many made fun of us and asked how can a state not implement a rule passed by the centre but the stand we took then, are taking now and will take tomorrow is that the Citizenship Amendment Act will not be implemented here," the CM said.

The CAA allows persecuted minorities belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi, and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to avail of Indian citizenship.

According to the provisions of the act, people belonging to these communities who arrived in India till December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution in these three countries will not be treated as illegal migrants but will be provided with Indian citizenship.

If a person belongs to the aforementioned faiths, from these three countries, does not have proof of birth of parents, they can apply for Indian citizenship after six years of residence in India.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation on December 12, 2019.

The Opposition parties and several groups have protested against the implementation of CAA. CAA's detractors believe that the law coupled with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise is intended to target the minorities in India.

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