No Going Back on CAA Issue; Says Union Law Minister

BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (file photo).

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Patna: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday, in no uncertain terms, ruled out any chance of scrapping the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) saying it was now the law of the land and any attempt to subvert it would be unconstitutional.

With Chief Ministers of nine states defying the CAA asking the Center to scrap it entirely maintaining it discriminates people on the basis of religion, Prasad, the MP from Patna Saheb, said that it was not possible to go back to the status quo as the new citizenship was the law of the land and hence, unconstitutional to try to subvert it.

"For the last few weeks we are witnessing some state governments, guided by the vote-bank politics, are openly stating they don't intend to follow the CAA. I would like to politely remind them to go back and get legal advice on Article 245 and 256 of the Constitution that clearly states that the Parliament has the authority and power to pass laws on matters involving naturalization and citizenship. Article 256 states that the states are bound to comply with the laws made by the Parliament," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

A number of states, chiefly those controlled by the Congress Party, have said that they will not implement CAA in their states until the Supreme Court issues its verdict on the issue.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, continues to flip-flop on the issue first speaking against it and later supporting only to change his stance again saying Bihar may not follow it if it involves discrimination based on one's religion.

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