Pinarayi Vijayan rejects BJP’s criticism of Kerala Assembly resolution against CAA, says state govts have privileges in ‘unprecedented’ situations

  • Hours after the Assembly had passed the resolution on Tuesday demanding the scrapping of the CAA, union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had hit out at the Left government

  • BJP's Rajya Sabha member, GVL Narasimha Rao also wrote to the House chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to initiate breach of parliamentary privileges

  • However, Vijayan said that the Assemblies have its own special protection and it should not be violated

Thiruvananthapuram: A day after the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday rejected BJP's criticism against it, saying the state assemblies have their own privileges.

Hours after the Assembly had passed the resolution on Tuesday demanding the scrapping of the CAA, union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had hit out at the Left government and said Vijayan should seek "better legal advice".

 Pinarayi Vijayan rejects BJP’s criticism of Kerala Assembly resolution against CAA, says state govts have privileges in ‘unprecedented’ situations

File photo of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. News18

Prasad had also said it is only "Parliament which has got the powers to pass any law with regard to citizenship; not any Assembly, including the Kerala Assembly.”

BJP's Rajya Sabha member, GVL Narasimha Rao also wrote to the House chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to initiate breach of parliamentary privileges and contempt proceedings against the Kerala chief minister over the resolution.

"State Assemblies have its own privileges. Such actions are unheard of anywhere. But we cannot rule out anything in the present circumstance as unprecedented things are happening now-a-days in the country," Vijayan told reporters when asked about the breach of privilege proceedings.

The Assemblies have its own special protection and it should not be violated, he said.

Kerala has become the first state to pass a resolution against a law which has been violating the fundamental principles of the Constitution and it has great significance, the chief minister added.

On a question regarding state Governor Arif Mohammed Khan supporting the CAA, the chief minister said he is entitled to have his opinion on various issues.

So, his views can be seen in that way only, he added.

The Kerala Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), becoming the first state in the country to do so.

While chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states like Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal have announced that they would not implement CAA, CPM-ruled Kerala was the first to take the legislature route to register its opposition to the law.

Setting aside their political differences, the ruling CPM-led LDF and Opposition Congress headed UDF, once again came together to launch a joint fight against the Centre on the CAA, which has seen unprecedented protests all over the country.

Vijayan, who moved the resolution and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, who seconded it, alleged that CAA was an attempt to make India a religious nation.

The lone BJP member in the assembly, O Rajagopal rejected the allegation saying the Act was being "misinterpreted" and lies were being spread by the fronts for narrow political gains.

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Updated Date: Jan 01, 2020 21:22:48 IST