After Kerala & Punjab, Rajasthan assembly passes resolution against CAA

The resolution, passed by a voice vote, urges the central government to repeal the new citizenship law

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is linked to NPR and NRC. Photo: PTI File

Rajasthan Assembly on Saturday (January 25) passed a resolution urging the central government to repeal the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act. With this, Rajasthan became the third state to pass such a resolution following Kerala and Punjab.

The Rajasthan Assembly passed by voice vote the resolution which also asked the Centre to withdraw the new fields of information that have been sought for updation in National Population Register (NPR), 2020. The resolution was passed despite opposition from the BJP, which accused the ruling Congress of pursuing appeasement politics.

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“It is evident that the CAA violates the provisions of the Constitution. Therefore, the House resolves to urge upon the government of India to repeal the CAA to avoid any discrimination on the basis of religion in granting citizenship and to ensure equality before law for all religious groups of India,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal said while moving the resolution in the House.

Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria questioned the right to challenge the Act in the state assembly. “Granting citizenship is a matter under the Centre and in such a situation do we have the right to challenge the CAA. The Congress should stop doing appeasement and vote bank politics,” the BJP leader said.

(With inputs from agencies)