New Delhi: After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the latest to join the bandwagon of Chief Ministers to oppose the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 is Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, who on Thursday stated that his state will not implement it. He also termed the Bill a direct assault on India’s secular character.
“Terming the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) a direct assault on India’s secular character, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today said his government would not allow the legislation to be implemented in his state,” the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.
The statement from the CMO comes after the CAB was passed in both the Houses of the Parliament. The passage of the Bill, however, has led to massive protests in Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya. As per the latest reports, three people have died in police firing in a protest in Guwahati.
Prior to this, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also slammed the contentious Bill and termed it unconstitutional.
“CAB is unconstitutional. The central government is trying to divide India on religious lines. This is a move to sabotage equality and secularism,” he had said.
A strong critic of the Central government, West Bengal Chief Minister Matama Banerjee on Wednesday had urged the people of her state not to get scared by the CAB.
“Don’t be scared of CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill). We are with you. As long as we are here nobody can impose anything on you,” Banerjee had said.
The CAB, which awaits President’s nod to become a law, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
In this Bill, the Central government plans to provide citizenship to members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from three countries to India till December 31, 2014.