'The meeting is to communicate the apprehensions of people regarding the amendment', said the CM

Pinarayi convenes meeting of political parties and social organisations on CAA
news CAA Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 19:22

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi  Vijayan has called for a meeting  of representatives of political parties and community and social organisations to discuss the apprehensions that people have regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act. 

"It's against the backdrop of strong apprehensions that the Citizenship Amendment Act created among people that the meeting has been convened," says a statement from the Chief Minister's office. 

The meeting will be held at Mascot hotel  Thiruvananthapuram on December 29. The Chief Minister in a letter sent  to the representatives in this regard said that determining  citizenship on the basis of religion is in contradiction  to the concept of equal rights and secularism. 

 "It was under these circumstances that a united hunger strike was organised in Thiruvanananthapuram against the amendment that divides people. The secular environment in the state should be strengthened," the letter says. 

Pinarayi  Vijayan has been firm on his stand that the Citizenship  Amendment Act won't be implemented in the state. However, constitutional experts say that states do not have much of a role to play in its implementation.

Pinarayi has also  issued  an order  staying  all activities  connected  to the updation  of the National  Population  Register  (NPR) in the state. 

Also Read: Kerala ruling and opposition parties come together to protest against CAA


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