Posted on January 14, 2020, 1:01 PM IST
Shiv Sena seems to be in a major political dilemma after it gave a miss to the opposition meet called by Congress to discuss the issues of Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. The Shiv Sena on Monday declared that CAA in its current form would not be implemented in Maharashtra.
The party had voted in favour of the bill in Lok Sabha, but abstained in Rajya Sabha after being pressured by the Congress and NCP.
In Mumbai, top Sena leaders remain mum on the sensitive issue and said only the Shiv Sena Lok Sabha Party chief would decide and speak on the matter.
Meanwhile, Kerala became the first state to challenge the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The plea has been filed as an original suit under Article 131 of the Constitution which empowers Supreme Court to hear disputes between government of India and one or more states.
The petition states that the CAA violates right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, right to life under Article 21 and freedom to practice religion under Article 25.
It argues that CAA is discriminatory because it covers only a class of minorities from a class of countries sharing borders with India and to which and from there have been trans-border migration.
“While the Hindus from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are covered by the Impugned Amendment Act, the defendant did not consider the issues of the Hindus, primarily of Tamil descend, in Sri Lanka and Hindu Madhesis in Terai of Nepal, whose ancestors migrated to Sri Lanka and Nepal respectively in the eighteenth Century from the then British India,” Kerala government’s petition says.
It further says that CAA covers certain religious minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and overlook other reportedly persecuted religious minorities and sects such as Ahmaddiyas, Shias and Hazaras.
Kerala argues that if the object of CAA is to protect the minorities who faced religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, then, the Ahmaddiyas and Shias from these countries are also entitled to same treatment extended to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities.