New Delhi: Even as the Congress continues to vehemently oppose the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), an MLA from Madhya Pradesh on Sunday said that the party had no option but to accept the legislation as it did not have a majority to bring in Parliament to bring about changes, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Also Read - Aadhaar Card Has Nothing to do With Citizenship, Authorities Say After Issuing Notices to 127 in Hyderabad
Notably, Laxman Singh is the MLA from the Chachoda seat in the state’s Guna district. He is the younger brother of senior party leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh. Also Read - EAM S Jaishankar Attends EU Foreign Ministers Meet in Brussels, Defends Citizenship Act
“There have been enough discussions, agitations and protests in the country regarding the CAA, which has now become a law. It needs a majority in Parliament to make any change in the law. But the opposition doesn’t have a majority. In my view, it will be fair to accept this law,” PTI quoted Laxman Singh as telling reporters at an event. Also Read - Telangana to Pass Anti-CAA Resolution, Urges Centre to Revoke Citizenship Act
Remarking that the Parliament did not belong to a single party, he further said that the Congress too ‘changed laws’ when it was in power at the Centre and questioned how would the party feel if it was in power and state governments would refuse to implement legislations.
“The CAA will have to be implemented in every state since our country works under the Parliamentary system,” he further said.
A total of five states and one union territory have already passed anti-CAA resolutions. Of these, three states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, as well as the union territory-Puducherry-are governed by the Congress.
Kerala and West Bengal are the two non-Congress states to have passed resolutions against the CAA.
Senior Congress leaders like Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid have admitted that it would be difficult for states to not implement the CAA.