New Delhi: Days after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the state Assembly may pass a resolution against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the state cabinet on Sunday, at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, decided to pass a resolution against the CAA in the upcoming Assembly session. Also Read - Telangana May Pass Anti-CAA Resolution, Says KCR After Big Win in Civic Polls
Notably, five states-Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh-as well as the union territory of Puducherry, have already passed anti-CAA resolutions. Kerala, in fact, was the first state in the country to do so. Also Read - After West Bengal And Telangana, Now Maharashtra Says it Won’t Implement CAA in State
In a statement after the meeting, the Telangana Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said, “State Cabinet appealed to the Union Government, not to discriminate on the basis of religion for according Indian Citizenship. Cabinet further requested the central government to take measures to abrogate the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.”
“State Cabinet decided to pass a resolution to this effect in the State Assembly the way states of Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, and West Bengal did,” the statement further stated.
Despite ongoing protests against the CAA across the country, the Narendra Modi government has repeatedly stressed that there is no question of taking back the contentious Act. In fact, speaking in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself remarked that ‘despite all the pressure, the government is firm on its decision on Kashmir (Article 370) as well as the CAA.’