Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday became the fifth state after Punjab, Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal to officially reject the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports The Siasat Daily.
The state Cabinet passed a resolution against CAA, requesting the Union government to revoke the new citizenship law.
It said secularism is the fundamental principle of the Indian Constitution and the Preamble clearly mentions it. Article 14 of the Constitution guarantees equality before law and non-discrimination through law to all individuals of all classes and communities. The CAA violates these principles of the Constitution and should therefore be revoked, the Cabinet resolution said.
The resolution was passed at a time when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is holding a convention in the city for all its affiliates and pracharaks in the Central Province to deal with the growing resistance against the CAA and the National Citizenship Register.
The opposition BJP in the state has staged several demonstrations in favour of CAA in the last few weeks.
Terming the CAA as violative of the basic character of the Constitution, the resolution referred to the widespread protests that have engulfed the nation over the enactment of the new citizenship law. Most of these protests have so far remained by and large peaceful.
State law minister PC Sharma told after the Cabinet meeting that the proposal could be brought in the state Assembly too. Sharma said that Congress has made its stand on CAA very clear.
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