Taking a step up in the political battle against CAA, Congress said all states where it is in office should follow the example of the party government in Punjab in passing anti-CAA resolution in their respective assemblies.
Senior Congress functionary Ahmed Patel, said, "After Punjab, we are thinking about bringing a resolution against the CAA in states like Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh. It would be a clear message to the central government to reconsider the Act."
The party has taken a strong stand against the CAA and the National Population Register (NPR) as well, linking NPR with the National Register of Citizens.
On Sunday Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi, said states challenging the CAA could not be expected to implement a law they have challenged, until the matter was settled by the court.
“All that the states have said is they will not implement the law until their challenge of the legislation is settled by the apex court one way or another...
... It is wrong for BJP to blow this up as a case of non-cooperation or disobedience by the states,” Singhvi said.
So far, the Kerala and Punjab assemblies have passed resolutions against the controversial law, while Kerala has also moved the SC challenging the legislation.
Congress’s communications chief Randeep Surjewala called the CAA an “attack” on the Constitution, claiming the people’s movement will continue “courageously and fearlessly”.
"PM Modi and home minister Amit Shah have become living symbols of sectarianism, bigotry and fanaticism, using the instrument of state to attack India’s ethos and its Constitution,” he said.
Congress had, already directed Congress-governed states to oppose implementation of NRC and NPR.
In a Congress-led meeting of 20 opposition parties, they had also decided, unanimously, to scale up protests against CAA-NRC-NPR across the country.
Congress fights strong against CAA as it upholds invoking the Constitution as India’s biggest ‘dharma’ — of ‘raaj’, ‘neeti’ and ‘karma’.