TMC to introduce anti-CAA resolution in Bengal Assembly on 27 Jan amid calls to follow Kerala and Punjab on contentious law

The ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday announced that it will bring a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on 27 January, the third such move after the Kerala and Punjab Houses against the contentious law.

Press Trust of India January 21, 2020 23:59:41 IST
TMC to introduce anti-CAA resolution in Bengal Assembly on 27 Jan amid calls to follow Kerala and Punjab on contentious law
  • The Left Front and the Congress have been criticising the TMC government for not adopting a resolution against the CAA

  • The West Bengal Assembly has earlier passed an all-party resolution, baring BJP, against NRC in September last year

  • Congress and the Left Front have welcomed the TMC's move to bring the resolution as a 'positive step'

Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday announced that it will bring a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on 27 January, the third such move after the Kerala and Punjab Houses against the contentious law.

The TMC's declaration comes amidst mounting criticism by the major anti-BJP parties in the state for not passing a resolution opposing CAA.

State parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said the TMC had submitted a resolution under rule 169 to the Assembly Speaker on 20 January, which will come up in the House on 27 January.

TMC to introduce antiCAA resolution in Bengal Assembly on 27 Jan amid calls to follow Kerala and Punjab on contentious law

File image of Mamata Banerjee. PTI

Faced by a lot of "rumours and canards" from the fellow Opposition parties over its position regarding CAA and National Population Register, Chatterjee said they "do not need lessons from others on how to continue its fight against CAA-NPR-NRC."

"We have submitted a resolution to the speaker on 20 January regarding it. The resolution against CAA will be placed in the state assembly on 27 January. Our government in principle is opposed to CAA," Chatterjee said.

He said they would appeal to all the Opposition parties to extend support to the resolution so that it’s approved unanimously.

Adoption of the resolution in the house would not be a difficult task considering the fact that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party on its own enjoys an overwhelming majority in the 295-member Bengal Assembly.

The development comes just a day after the chief minister said that an anti-CAA resolution will be placed in the Assembly very soon.

When asked whether the government was also mulling to move to the Supreme Court to challenge the law, Chatterjee said "The government and the party will fight it out on the streets and then take a call, if needed, whether to move a court or not".

Kerala and Punjab assemblies have already passed resolutions against the new citizenship law. If the resolution is adopted, West Bengal will the third state to do so.

The Left Front and the Congress have been criticising the TMC government for not adopting a resolution against the CAA.

The West Bengal Assembly has earlier passed an all-party resolution, baring BJP, against NRC in September last year.

In January this year, during a one-day special session, the Congress and Left Front wanted to bring a resolution against CAA. But their demand was turned down by the government, drawing sharp criticism from both the parties which had termed TMC as "B team" of the BJP in Bengal.

Banerjee's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kolkata on 11 January had further sharpened the charge of a "political match-fixing between the two parties".

The TMC had trashed the allegations as baseless.

Congress and the Left Front have welcomed the TMC's move to bring the resolution as a "positive step".

Praising the initiative, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Abdul Mannan of the Congress said it's better that the TMC realised the necessity for such a resolution.

"When we had said, they had opposed it. But it is better TMC has decided to bring it, atleast they have realised the need for such a resolution," Mannan said.

Left Front Legislature party leader Sujan Chakraborty said "we want an anti-CAA resolution be passed but, would not take a call unless and until we have a look at the resolution brought in by the TMC government".

BJP legislature party leader Manoj Tigga said they would oppose the move as it is "unconstitutional" to bring a resolution against a law (CAA) which has been passed in the Parliament.

The new legislation to give citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the state, with the TMC opposing the contentious legislation tooth and nail, and the BJP pressing for its implementation.

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