Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), December 29— While more than two weeks have passed since the public protests, almost leaderless, against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) started across the country, including Kerala, the southern India state on Sunday shown the way as to how to take the agitations ahead.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Sunday evening announced formation of a united and inclusive front comprising both political and social leaders to plan future agitations against CAA.
“A united front will be put up against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The meeting of political, religious and social leaders, held in Thiruvananthapuram, has tasked me and the Opposition leader to plan future agitations against CAA”, tweeted the CM who is also Politburo Member of the state’s ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist).
The national leadership of his party, particularly General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has been very vocal on the issue of CAA and the central government’s plan to update the National Register of Citizens or NRC across the country to identify alleged infiltrators.
Kerala CM has already declared that CAA won’t be implemented in his state.
CAA, passed by the Parliament on December 11, would grant Indian citizenship to illegal migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsee communities who have entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014.
Common people as well as several non-BJP parties are opposing this law terming it “unconstitutional” as it discriminates with people on the ground of religion.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha Member from Kerala Shashi Tharoor has said that protests against CAA-NRC are “to defend an Inclusive India” and so no religious colour should be given to these agitations.
“Our fight against Hindutva extremism should give no comfort to Islamist extremism either. We who’re raising our voice in the #CAA_NRCProtests are fighting to defend an #InclusiveIndia. We will not allow pluralism&diversity to be supplanted by any kind of religious fundamentalism,” Tharoor commented. He was responding to a tweet where Muslim slogans were written for a CAA protest.