Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday slammed the BJP-led central government on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said that the new law only serves the objectives of the Sangh Parivar of turning India into a Hindu Rashtra.
He said that in order to achieve their objectives, the “communal elements” are trying to divide India’s people through the same strategy as employed by the British colonisers in the past.
Lauding people in Mumbai for their protests against CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), the Kerala chief minister also outlined three reasons for his government’s decision to reject the Citizenship Amendment Act.
“Over the last several weeks, Mumbai citizens made clear their unyielding opposition to efforts made by Hindutva elements to tear apart the secular fabric of our society. I express solidarity with struggles being made across the city in defence of secularism and the Indian Constitution,” Vijayan said at an event here.
The chief minister was addressing the ‘Mumbai Collective’ here on the topic of ‘National struggle against communalism’.
“The government of Kerala is acting as per the Constitution. Like Kerala, other states are also looking at CAA as against the fundamentals of the Constitution. It (CAA) violates basic human rights and is divisive and deeply discriminatory,” CM Vijayan said, adding that the new citizenship law only furthers the Sangh Parivar’s objective of creating a Hindu Rashtra.
He said the CAA needs to be rejected for three basic reasons.
“First, it is against the letter and spirit of our Constitution. Secondly, it is highly discriminatory and violative of human rights. Thirdly, it seeks to impose philosophy of Sangh Parivar with its mission of Hindu Rashtra,” the chief minister said.
Vijayan also participated in the human chain organised by Left Democratic Front (LDF) against CAA and NRC and said that “the law is a threat to the secularism of this country”.
The newly enacted law is facing stiff opposition across the country with several non-NDA states including Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Punjab refusing to implement it.
Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab have passed resolutions against the recently amended law in their respective state Assemblies.
The CAA grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.