Illegal, unconstitutional: Kerala Guv slams Pinarayi’s resolution

Illegal, unconstitutional: Kerala Guv slams Pinarayi’s resolution

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Slamming the move by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by passing a resolution in the Kerala Assembly against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said, "This resolution has no legal or constitutional validity."

Earlier, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Kerala government for passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Khan said the Kerala assembly's resolution is unconstitutional "because citizenship is exclusively a central subject." "This (the assembly's resolution) actually means nothing," Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said.

On Tuesday, the Kerala assembly passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). With this, Kerala became the first state to oppose legislatively the controversial citizenship law that has triggered nationwide protests.

Setting aside their political differences, Kerala's CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front(LDF) and Opposition Congress-headed United Democratic Front(UDF) once again came together to launch a joint offensive against the Centre on the CAA. While all members of two fronts unanimously supported the resolution and vehemently criticised the Centre, O Rajagopal, the lone BJP MLA in the 140-member house, opposed the resolution, terming it as "illegal and unconstitutional."