Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Thursday said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ignores Muslims and that he will not implement the law, as well as the National Register of Citizens in the Union Territory, come what may.
Narayanasamy added that CAA and NRC were ill-conceived and aimed at achieving the goal of Hindutva, as championed by the BJP".
He said Congress-ruled state governments have decided to not implement the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and "I will also do so in Puducherry".
As per the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who fled religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, and have arrived in India before December 31, 2014, will not get treated as illegal immigrants, and they will get the Indian citizenship.
"Even Tamils from Sri Lanka residing in India as refugees had persecuted in the Island country. Why you have left them out? Similar is the case with the Rohingyas," Narayan Swamy stated.
"It cannot be done in a partisan way. You have to include people of all religions. You can't do it selectively for the people of some religions. Come what may, I will not implement CAA and NRC in Puducherry," he added.