The Congress suspects ‘foul play’ in the resolution introduced by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and passed by Legislative Assembly on Monday against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens.
Congress senior leader and former Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has failed to make his stand clear on the issue.
In the six page resolution introduced by KCR, the operational part is of only three sentences which lack clarity on whether or not the CAA would be implemented in Telangana. Further, there is no mention or direct request for stalling the NPR & NRC related activities in the State.
“Telangana Government has only urged the Centre to amend the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in order to remove all references to any religion or any foreign country. But it did not register its objection in open words. As openly stated by other Chief Ministers, CM KCR did not make a clear announcement that he would not implement CAA, NRC and NPR in Telangana,” he said.
Shabbir Ali said that the State Legislative Assembly could not confine itself to ‘expressing concern’ over the proposed implementation of NPR & NRC. As per the resolution, the House, urged the Government of Telangana to take all necessary steps to safeguard the people from exercises such as NPR & NRC. He pointed out that the Kerala Government has issued a GO MS No. 247 Dated 20-12-2019 stalling all NPR activities in the State. “Instead of delivering an hour long speech, KCR should have made one specific announcement that CAA, NPR & NRC would not be implemented in Telangana. However, KCR once again used his oratory skills to cheat the people,” he said.
The Congress leader alleged that KCR was trying to sail in two boats at the same time. At one side, he is trying to highlight himself as a secular leader who is against BJP’s communal policies. On the other, he is covertly implementing the BJP and RSS agenda by not doing anything officially to stop the implementation of CAA, NPR and NRC in Telangana. Instead, he said Telangana Government has already initiated the NPR process which would begin from 1st April.