"No Escape" From Citizenship Law Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

There is "no escape" from implementing the controversial Citizenship law, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister has reminded the states after Kerala assembly passed a resolution against the law few days back asking the Central government to revoke it. The Chief Ministers of 9 states that includes Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan, have refused to implement the law & there is rumor that a section of these might follow suit.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said such a procedure is against the constitution.

The minister also said, "Of late, we are noting that many state governments, due to vote bank politics, are making public declarations that they will not enforce the Citizenship Amendment Act". 

He added that "I want to gently remind these parties - please get proper legal advice. Article 245, 256 & other provisions say that parliament has the complete power to pass laws regarding naturalization & citizenship".

Article 256 of the Constitution's says that states are obliged to abide by the laws made by the parliament, Prasad pointed out.

He further said, "These are clear constitutional obligations and both the houses discussed Citizenship Amendment Act & passed the law. No escape, the law has to be implemented".

Congress sources have hinted that they are not keen on having state governments passing the resolutions and will wait for the SC hearing on this matter.

Balasaheb Thorat said, "As far as the Maharashtra govt is concerned, the issue is in the SC and will take a decision after the verdict". 

The opposition has agreed that it is going to be a long & sustained campaign opposing the Citizenship Act & with students in the forefront, they are hoping for a legal reprieve.