States can disagree, says Congress on CAA

States can disagree, says Congress on CAA

New Delhi, January 19: States have the right to disagree with the centre over implementation of the citizenship law and cannot be “forced” to implement it, the Congress party said today.
In a statement issued by chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, the opposition party reminded the BJP-led centre of “established parliamentary practice” that allows for states to disagree with and challenge the centre. The Congress also said implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, was pending until the Supreme Court ruled on the issue.
The statement comes after party leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal said it would be “difficult for any state to say ‘I will not follow a law passed by parliament'”. Sibal’s party colleague Salman Khurshid echoed his views, saying “have to obey, else there are consequences”.
“Let the BJP government and its governors not forget that India is a Union of states. As per the established parliamentary practice, states can disagree with the Union and challenge the same by way of their constitutional right under Article 131,” Surjewala said.
Kerala Governor seeks report from LDF Govt
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has sought a report from the State Government for moving the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act without informing him.
The office of Raj Bhavan has sought the report from the Chief Secretary of the State. “The Governor’s office has sought a report from the Chief Secretary for not informing him about the states move to approach the apex court against the CAA,” a top source from Raj Bhavan told PTI on Sunday.
The LDF Government had on January 13 moved the top court challenging the Act and had sought to declare it as ultra vires of the Constitution.
Attacking Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Khan had earlier said the public affairs and the business of the government cannot be run in accordance with the “whims of an individual or a political party” and everyone has to respect the rules.
Kerala was the first state to pass a resolution in the state assembly against the CAA and to knock on the doors of the top court, challenging the new law.
The Governor, who has made his displeasure known public, had told reporters in Delhi that as per Rules of Business Section 34(2) sub section 5, the state government should inform the Governor on matters that affect the relations between the state and the Centre
However, the state has maintained that it had not violated any rules and no deliberate attempts had been made to challenge the authority of the Governor’s office. (PTI)