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SHILLONG | Jan 15:

The Meghalaya Government is yet to discuss of taking a similar step like the Kerala Government to file a petition before the Supreme Court to challenge the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

“We are yet to discuss on this matter. But we also need to understand that the situation in the State is totally different compared to Kerala and other States of the country,” Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed here today.

Pointing out that Meghalaya already got 97 percent exemption from the CAA in view that Sixth Schedule is applicable in the State, Tynsong said that the State Government is now fighting that the CAA should be exempted throughout the State.

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“The CAA in other parts of the country is applicable throughout the State. We cannot compare the situation with other parts of the country,” Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister said.

It may be mentioned that the Kerala Government on Tuesday became the first state to move the Supreme Court challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which was notified on 10 January.

The plea, filed under Article 131 of the Constitution on disputes between the Centre and states, said the Act violates the right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, right to life under Article 21, and freedom to practise religion under Article 25.

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The petition was filed by advocate G. Prakash, the standing counsel for the Kerala government. The move comes amid nationwide protests against the contentious legislation and a day after a meeting of Opposition parties was convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the Act. It also comes against the backdrop of the Kerala legislative assembly on 31 December passing a resolution demanding that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act be scrapped.

The Kerala government in its petition has also sought directions to declare the Passport (Entry to India) Amendment Rules, 2015, and Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015, to be “ultra vires the Constitution of India and to be void”.

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