Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had said that the Congress had committed itself in 1947 to accept the people who have fled Pakistan and are likely to flee because their lives and honour were in danger.

Kerala Guv under fire from Congress-led UDF for supporting CAA
news CAA Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 19:04

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan came under attack from Congress-led UDF on Sunday for reportedly supporting the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, with the Opposition alleging he has stooped to the level of a BJP spokesperson.

The Governor, like the BJP, was trying to present a "distorted" version of history, the Opposition front said referring to his speech at the Nehru Museum Memorial and Library in New Delhi on Saturday.

Speaking on the topic of "Citizenship, institutional and civilisational," Khan had said that the Congress had "committed itself in 1947 to accept" the people who have already fled Pakistan and who are likely to flee because their lives and honour were in danger.

"It is unfortunate that the Governor who holds the high constitutional post has stooped to the level of a BJP spokesman," Congress parliamentary party deputy leader in the Kerala Assembly, KC Joseph, said in a statement.

The Governor, like the BJP, is trying to present a "distorted" version of history, he said, a day after Khan spoke in the programme, justifying CAA and indirectly blaming the Congress for protesting the law meant to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

"The governor's finding that CAA had been the creation of the Congress is absolutely baseless,” Joseph said.

He said the Congress had never decided to determine citizenship of a person on the basis of their religion.

Former state Congress Chief VM Sudheeran accused the Governor of working like a PRO of the Central government.The Governor is taking efforts to whitewash the CAA, a "mad decision" taken by the Centre, he said.

The senior Congress leader urged the Governor to desist from directly or indirectly justifying the Citizenship Amendment Act. Otherwise, the Governor will lose the acceptance he receives from Kerala society, he said in a statement.

IUML state general secretary KPA Majeed also condemned the statement of the Governor, terming it "very bad." He said such statements were not expected from a person holding the post of Governor.

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