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'Against Secular Values': Punjab assembly passes resolution against CAA

The Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) however opposed the resolution

Friday January 17, 2020 3:47 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

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Chandigarh: The Congress-ruled government in Punjab on Friday moved a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the Punjab Assembly that got the support of the main opposition AAP.

It was moved by Local Bodies and Parliamentary affairs minister Brahm Mohindra on the last day of the two-day special session.

Mohindra favoured doing away with the CAA, saying it was "against secular values".

"The CAA enacted by Parliament has caused countrywide anguish and social unrest with widespread protests all over the country", Mohindra said while reading out the resolution.

"The state of Punjab also witnessed protests against this legislation, which were peaceful and involved all segments of our society," he added.

The Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) however opposed the move. The debate on the resolution is still on.

AAP legislator Aman Arora said the law was enacted to divert attention from "bigger issues", while SAD's Sharanjit Dhillon said that the Muslims should not be left out under the CAA.

Punjab is the second assembly in India which has passed resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which became a law on December 12, 2019 and enforced on January 10. Earlier, Kerala assembly had also passed similar resolution against the CAA.

As many as 19 states have already said that they will not implement the controversial law.

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