President's Rule May Be Imposed if States Oppose Implementation of CAA : BJP MP, Uday Pratap

He also said that if the states don’t follow the orders, the President would have to exercise his powers under Article 356 of the Constitution to dismiss governments. 

President's Rule May Be Imposed if States Oppose Implementation of CAA : BJP MP, Uday Pratap
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The President's rule can be imposed in states who are opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), BJP MP Uday Pratap Singh said, while speaking about the issue of the conflict of Centre vs state on the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act, on Saturda.

"The state governments that are opposing the CAA can be dismissed and President's rule can be imposed there,” he added. He also said that if the states don’t follow the orders, the President would have to exercise his powers under Article 356 of the Constitution to dismiss governments. 

Article 356 of the Constitution of India gives the power to the President to withdraw from the Union the executive and legislative powers of any state governments "if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution".

Singh’s statement has come days after several states including Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Kerala opposed the law, saying that they would not implement it. Kerala went to the extent to pass a resolution from the Assembly against the law. The state governments have said that the law is discriminatory and it won’t be allowed in their respective states because it creates a religious divide.

The Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. The Act aims at giving a fast track Indian Citizenship to non-Muslim refugees of three countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Critics have opposed that Act on the basis that it causes religious bias. Recently, eight refugees, who had fled from Singh district of Pakistan and had been living in Kota since 2000, were given the Indian citizenship in Rajasthan.

Source : Times Now