29 March Wednesday

Flip-flop : Congress Dilutes Stand On Citizenship Amendment

Web Desk‌Updated: Monday Jan 20, 2020

NEW DELHI : Congress has softened its tough stand against the discriminatory law of Citizenship Amendment Act. Senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Jayaram Ramesh and Salman Khurshid who were also former Union Ministers, have come  out with responses indicative of compromise on the issue, which the  BJP will now use it as defence weapon. Incidentally, Sibal in his recent address at Kozhikode, had emphasised that the new law passed by Parliament cannot be implemented.

Kerala approached the Supreme Court with its petition citing legal problems associated with enforcing an unconstitutional law. 13 States across the country have indicated opposition to legalizing religion based citizenship.

However former Union Minister Sibal, who is also a prolific lawyer, chooses to  turn his back on the developments. Kerala’s suit in the apex suit is  political and it’s sustainability before law is doubtful, said Jayaram in his interview with a  newspaper. When asked why Congress did not join Kerala and West Bengal in boycott of National Population Register(NPR) in states ruled by UDF, Jayaram evaded a straight answer.

Salman Khurshid’s response also comes in similar vein. Everybody is obliged to obey the law, failing which one would be faced with consequences, Khurshid said. Interestingly, these attitudes come on the back of Congress leadership’s instruction to  its state units asking to continue protest against CAA.

BJP is gearing up to hold a series of rallies across the country, to justify CAA. They could now claim that Congress too backs the amendment.