CAB implemented without consulting CMs, MP to follow Congress’ decision: Kamal Nath

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BHOPAL: After the Congress-ruled states Punjab, Kerala and Chhattisgarh, the Madhya Pradesh government is also unlikely to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the state. Chief minister Kamal Nath said on Friday that the Act is against the spirit of federalism as it was purportedly implemented without consulting chief ministers. He said he would follow the Congress party’s diktat.

“Is this federalism? Did you have a CMs’ meeting before this? Congress has never supported laws that are divisive in nature. Whatever the party decides will be followed by the government in Madhya Pradesh,” said Nath talking to reporters in New Delhi.

He hit out at the BJP and said, “For those questioning as to how the Act affects the masses, do you want to preside over the sowing of divisive seeds which is the antithesis of the this country? That is the question.”

The Madhya Pradesh Congress has opposed the implementation of CAB in the state. Congress MLA from Bhopal Central, Arif Masood has even threatened to resign from the post if the Act is implemented in the state.

Nath, who had reached Delhi on Friday morning to join the Congress protest against the Centre for delay in providing relief and funds to the state’s farmers, also accused the Centre of practising a ‘politics of distractions’ and said the amended Citizenship Act was an attempt to change narrative by ‘design’.

“I am most worried about the future of the Indian youth given the present economic condition of the country. The worst part is the politics of distraction, changing the orbit of people’s imagination. Every time there is economic slowdown, a bill is introduced, a decision is taken to distract people,” said the chief minister.

The BJP, though, attacked Congress for misguiding and spreading confusion among the public on the Citizenship Act. BJP chief whip in assembly, Narottam Mishra said, “It is the Congress which is involved in divisive politics by spreading confusion among the people over Citizenship Act. Congress leaders are spreading rumours while the main intention of CAB is not to scrap but to provide citizenship. Kamal Nath should clarify who he is supporting.”

MP legal affairs minister PC Sharma said,”The Constitution is more important than anything. We cannot provide citizenship on the basis of religion. Congress party will decide on the matter and we will follow the same.”

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