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No 'escape' for states from implementing CAA: Ravi Shankar Prasad
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No 'escape' for states from implementing CAA: Ravi Shankar Prasad

| @indiablooms | 01 Jan 2020, 05:24 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said there is no "escape" for states from implementing the contentious Citizenship law, even as the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution against the same and asked the Centre to revoke it.

Prasad said such procedures are against the Constitution.

"Of late, we are noting that a lot of state governments, due to vote bank politics, are making public declarations that they won't enforce the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act)," the minister told media.

"I want to gently remind these parties, please get proper legal advice. Article 245, 256 and other provisions state that parliament has the complete power to pass laws regarding naturalization and citizenship," the minister added.

He reminded that as per Article 256 of the Constitution, all states are obliged to follow the laws passed by the Parliament.

"These are clear constitutional obligations. Both houses discussed CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and passed the law. No escape, the law has to be implemented," he said.

"All governments talking about not implementing it, need to know that once they have taken oath, they are bound to follow mandate of the Constitution," Prasad added.

The controversial CAA will grant citizenship to all non-Muslim refugees who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015.

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