LDF government sticking to its stand against CAA implementation: Kerala Chief Minister

At the Deshabhimani Sahitya Awards, Vijayan remarked that the CAA is aimed at denaturalising one section of citizens.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 03, 2024 | 2:02 PMUpdatedFeb 03, 2024 | 2:02 PM

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Friday, 2 February, said that his government is still holding steadfast to its stand that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not be implemented in the southern state.

At the Deshabhimani Sahitya Awards, Vijayan remarked that the CAA is aimed at denaturalising one section of citizens.

“We have been hearing that CAA will be implemented soon. We had already said that it will not be implemented in Kerala, and that is still the stand of the LDF government,” the Chief Minister said.

He also noted with alarm that there were rapid efforts being made in the country to turn it from a secular nation into a religious one. “All these dangerous trends and moves should be viewed very seriously,” the Chief Minister said in his speech after presenting the awards to the winners.

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On Wednesday, 31 January, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, MK Stalin too asserted that the DMK government would never allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to be implemented in Tamil Nadu, as it discriminates against certain groups of people such as Muslims and Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the country.

Stalin, who is on a foreign tour to attract investments to the state, cited Union Minister Shantanu Thakur’s assertion on 29 January that the CAA would be rolled out within seven days across the country and blamed the state’s main Opposition AIADMK for voting in favour of the amendment when it was taken up in Parliament.

After the party assumed power in 2021, the state government passed a resolution in the legislative Assembly urging the Union government to withdraw the CAA, he pointed out.

On Monday, 29 January, Union Minister and BJP leader Shantanu Thakur claimed that the CAA would be implemented across India within the next seven days.

“Within the next week, CAA will be implemented not only in West Bengal but also across the country,” Thakur had said at a public meeting in Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in December last year asserted that no one can stop the implementation of the CAA as it is the law of the land.

(With PTI inputs)