West Bengal Assembly passes anti-CAA resolution

Updated: Jan 28, 2020, 10:15 IST | Agencies | Kolkata

West Bengal joins Kerala, Rajasthan and Punjab in rejecting the contentious law

Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: The West Bengal Assembly Monday passed a resolution against CAA brought by the state government demanding that the contentious citizenship law be repealed forthwith and NPR and the proposed NRC be withdrawn.

Speaking on the resolution, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is "against the Constitution". "It is not a small Hindu Muslim issue...the issue is of humanity...this law is a shame on humanity... We will not accept CAA, NPR and NRC," the Hindu quoted Banerjee as saying. "We want this law to be repealed immediately. We want NPR to be also repealed," she said.

The resolution was supported by both the Opposition parties Congress and the CPI(M) led Left Front. The BJP opposed it and thanked PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the CAA to help refugees get citizenship. Kerala, Rajasthan and Punjab, too, have passed resolutions against the CAA. The amended citizenship law has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the West Bengal with TMC opposing the contentious legislation tooth and nail.

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