Thiruvananthapuram: A meeting of various political parties and socio-religious outfits, convened by Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan here, on Sunday decided to hold joint protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The over three-hour-long meeting, attended by MLAs, MPS, major Front leaders and representatives of various outfits, entrusted the Chief Minister and the opposition leader in the state assembly, Ramesh Chennithala, to hold discussions and decide upon further course of action in this regard.
Among the recommendations that emerged at the meeting were that the government should move the court and convene a special assembly session, Vijayan said. “This matter is under the government's consideration”, Chief Minister told the meeting.
To protect the Constitution and secularism, there is a need to put up a united fight at this juncture, a release quoting him said. “While taking out protests jointly, we will get strength more than we can imagine.
The country itself will accept it as a model”, he said, adding that the action to divide the people on religious lines will not be accepted in kerala.
No rule was above the Constitution, he said.
The Chief Minister cautioned that many protests,including by communal and extremist elements, were being held in many places and it was necessary to keep them at bay.
Stringent action would be taken against protests by such elements if they cross the limits, he said adding that the intervention of such forces was not good for society's healthy growth.
The government would not intervene in the protests being held for just causes, he added.
When religion becomes the basis of citizenship, the Constitution will be undermined and from secular nation, India will become a religious country, he added.
Two BJP leaders, who took part in the meeting, boycotted the session after the Chief Minister's speech, alleging that the meeting was “unconstitutional”.
A joint protest gathering, held by the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and opposition Congress-headed UDF, against the Act held on December 16 had drawn national attention as the arch political rivals shed their ideological differences and joined hands for a common cause.
After the meeting, Chennithala told reporters that different kinds of joint protests would be held in the state against the CAA.
“Our major demand at the meeting was to convene a special assembly session to express the state's concern over CAA.
We also wanted to send an all-party delegation to meet the President and appraise the concerns,” he said, divulging details of the discussions....