Hyderabad: Giving in to the pressure, the Telangana government has decided to pass a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the Legislative Assembly.
This decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Hyderabad on Sunday night. The resolution against the citizenship act will be passed in the upcoming state assembly session.
The cabinet urged the Modi government to repeal CAA. It also urged the Centre "not to discriminate" on the basis of religion in granting citizenship.
"The State Cabinet appealed to the Union Government, not to discriminate on the basis of religion for according Indian citizenship. It requested that all religions must be treated as equal before the law," said an official statement detailing the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting late Sunday night.
KCR accused the BJP of dividing people of the country in the name of religion. He urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance of CAA and strike down the Act.
"The Cabinet further requested the central government to take measures to abrogate the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 which will lead to discrimination on the basis of religion while granting citizenship and thereby jeopardizing secularism envisaged in the constitution," an official communication from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said.
Telangana will be the sixth state to pass anti-CAA resolution, after Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Last month, the chief minister had announced that he would lead a nationwide movement against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He had also announced to hold a meeting of all regional parties and like-minded chief ministers in Hyderabad.