On Saturday, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said the amended citizenship law was a subject of the Union List and not a state subject and it will have to be implemented by states under article 254.
On being asked about several states opposing the implementation of the citizenship law, the Governor said: “CAA has to be implemented as there is no other option. It has to be implemented under Article 254 (by the states).”
While attending an event in Jaipur, Arif Mohammad Khan further stated that people have the right to protest and give their opinions but they do not have the right to break the laws.
“This is not the first time that protests are taking place, there have been protests before as well. Everyone has the right to protest, to put forward their opinions, we have the right to stick to our opinion but we do not have the right to break the laws. Nobody has the right to show muscle power and influence decisions,” he added.
“You can go to the Supreme Court on the basis of logic. CAA is the centre’s matter and not of states,” he added.
The Kerala government earlier this week moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act, seeking to declare it violative of the principles of equality, freedom and secularism enshrined in the Constitution. It was the first state government to challenge the act and the Kerala Assembly was the first to pass a resolution against the law.
Earlier this week, The Kerala government week moved the Supreme Court against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, seeking to declare it violate of the principles of equality, freedom and secularism enshrined in the Constitution. It was the first state government to challenge the act and the Kerala Assembly was the first to pass a resolution against the law.
Also on Friday, the Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution seeking immediate revoke of the law and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said his government would approach the Supreme Court against it.