New Delhi: The Congress-led government in Punjab passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Friday.
The resolution in the House was moved by minister Brahm Mohindra. He said that the CAA enacted by Parliament has caused countrywide anguish and social unrest with widespread protests all over the country.
The resolution said that the amended law on CAA seeks to negate the very secular fabric on which the Constitution of India is based.
The Citizenship Act was amended by the Parliament last month. The amended law promises Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh due to religious persecution there.
It further said that the CAA is aimed at distinguishing between illegal migrants on the basis of religion, which is not permissible under the Constitution that guarantees the right to equality and equal protection of the laws to all persons.
The Punjab government said it will also seek an amendment to the form of the National Population Register (NPR) to allay fears regarding the NPR and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Punjab became the second state after Kerala to take such step. The Kerala Assembly on December 31, 2019 had passed a resolution demanding scrapping of the CAA.