Telangana passes anti-CAA resolution

The Telangana Legislative Assembly adopted a resolution opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Register of Citizens and National Population Register, amid protests by the lone Bharatiya Janata Party member Raja Singh Lodh, who vehemently opposed the rest.

The state joins several others, like West Bengal, Kerala, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and Delhi, in opposing the laws.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao or KCR introduced the resolution. Terming CAA as divisive, he appealed to the Centre to abrogate the contentious Act, saying it would take the country in the wrong direction in coming years.

Saying that it is not an issue of Hindu-Muslim but the very future of the country and its prestige in the international community, KCR voiced concern over the growing trend of dubbing anybody as “a Pakistani agent” or “traitor”. “Can you call the Telangana Assembly a traitor for passing this resolution?” he asked, adding, “Intolerant thinking is not good for the country and this country can’t accept this. The Act is not only against the principles of the Constitution of India but had created a sense of insecurity among crores of people.” He further rued widespread protests across the country and reiterated that crores like him don’t have birth certificates and can’t produce certificates of their parents. So, he also opposed the move to carry out the NPR with a new questionnaire.

KCR pointed out that Union ministry of home affairs in its report for 2018-19 stated that NPR is the first step for preparation of NRC. “Nobody is ready to believe that there will be no NRC. Who is speaking the truth? The Union home minister or this report?” he questioned.

The CM also made it clear that his Telangana Rashtra Samithi party and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen would not have the same ideology on every issue. “For instance, we supported revoking Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he reminded the Centre.

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