Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 3 (PTI) Days after the Kerala Assembly passed a resolution on repealing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday wrote to his counterparts in 11 states about the need to save secularism and democracy.
In a letter to the chief ministers, including Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal and Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, Vijayan said, “Apprehensions have arisen among large sections of our society consequent to the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The need of the hour is unity among all Indians who wish to protect and preserve our cherished values of democracy and secularism.”
He added, “We are sure that our unity in diversity which has stood the test of times will ultimately emerge stronger. Kerala has decided to address apprehensions about NRC and that preparation of NPR will lead to NRC by staying all activities relating to NPR in the state.”
The Kerala Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding scrapping of CAA, amid raging countrywide protests against the legislation.
The ruling CPI(M)-LDF and the Opposition Congress-led UDF supported the resolution while BJP's lone MLA and former Union minister O Rajagopal's was the only dissenting voice in the one-day special session.
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