Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is legally invalid since the legislation has violated the basic structure of the Constitution of India.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mahanta said the CAA is full of legal contradictions and cannot be acceptable for a country like India. He said India is a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic as per the Constitution. "But the CAA is against the fundamental ethos of the Constitution," he said.
Mahanta said the Kerala government has already resolved not to implement the CAA in the State. He said that eight other States have given their assent to the Kerala government's decision.
"There is still time for the Centre to either scrap the CAA or exempt Assam from the purview of the contentious legislation. The Centre must give importance to the ongoing people's movement against the CAA in Assam. Unfortunately, the Assam Government is trying to create a confusing atmosphere over the CAA in the State," he said.