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TN assembly passes resolution against CAA; urges Centre to repeal law

The resolution says that the Act is not in tune with secular principles

22-Stalin-new (File) M.K. Stalin

Tamil Nadu assembly, on Wednesday, unanimously passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and urged the Union government to repeal the law, stating that it is not in tune with the secular principles.

Moving the resolution, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said that the Act was not conducive to the communal harmony in the country. “As per established democratic principles, a country should be governed taking into consideration the aspirations and concerns of the people belonging to all sections of the society. But it is clearly seen that the citizenship amendment act was passed in such a way that it doesn’t accord a warm support to the refugees, considering their plight, but instead discriminate them according to their religion and country of origin,” the chief minister said in the resolution.

The resolution also urged the Union government to repeal the law, “to protect and ensure the unity and communal harmony in this country and to uphold the secular principles enshrined in the Constitution of India”.

Apparently, a resolution against CAA was one of the important poll promises of the DMK in the run up to the 2021 assembly elections. Though the AIADMK walked out even before the resolution was brought in the assembly, saying that the DMK government is not implementing the schemes brought during the AIADMK regime, opposition leader Edappadi K. Palanisami did not give his opinion on the resolution, even outside the assembly.

While AIADMK’s ally BJP walked out in protest saying that “the CAA is not against the secular principles”, yet another ally, PMK, supported the resolution. The resolution was passed ‘unanimously” in the assembly.

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