Kerala not to implement Citizenship Bill: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

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TRIVANDRUM: The Kerala government has on Thursday decided not to implement the Citizenship Bill passed by the Parliament.

 

Describing the legislation as part of well-planned attempt to destroy the basic principles of equality and secularism enshrined in the constitution, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that the Left Democratic Front government would challenge the bill at all forums.

“The bill as part of Sangh Parivar's move to build a nation based on religion. The Constitution of India guarantees the right to citizenship for all Indians; irrespective of their religion, caste, language, culture, gender or profession,” he said.

He pointed out that the Supreme Court had affirmed that the basis of Indian Constitution is secularism. By seeking to divide people on communal lines, the bill is a violation of the Constitution, he said.

The chief minister asserted that Kerala will not allow any discrimination in the name of religion. People belonging to all religions and even those not affiliated to any religion have right and freedom to live in the country. The LDF government’s policy is to make this right available to all the citizens.

Vijayan said that the bill was part of attempt by the communal forces to divert the attention of the people from the severe economic crisis plaguing the country. “This is the strategy British colonialism and Hitler implemented successfully. This will not have long life,” he added.

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