Besides applause from Oppositions and various welfare organisations, the Kerala government has been equally facing criticism for passing a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A few of the BJP leaders openly slammed the move including Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Days after which Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan stood against the resolution stating that the move has no legal or constitutional validity.
In a media interaction, Arif Mohammad said that the state had no role as the bill comes under the Central government’s domain. Stating that the bill has minimal effect on the state, the Governor said there are no illegal immigrants in Kerala. With the support of the opposition Congress-led UDF, the house adopted the resolution moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. On this note, Vijayan also ensured the Assembly that there won’t be any detention centres in the southern state. However, the Governor’s statement that ‘the assembly’s resolution actually means nothing’ has triggered debates in state politics.