The Tamil Nadu government on Monday said that it will never allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Act to be implemented in the state.
MK Stalin government made the assertion in the text it prepared for the Governor’s address to the House, which RN Ravi refused to read out.
The governor declined to read the customary address delivered to the House on the first day of the session every year, saying that it contained numerous passages with which he disagreed on “factual and moral grounds.”
Tamil Nadu Speaker M Appavu then read out the address before the House.
“We stand with minorities and our Sri Lankan Tamil brethren, as we pledge to protect their rights,” the address stated.
“This government will never permit the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act in our state and vows to take all necessary measures in this regard.”
The address further said that while the ideal of unity in diversity faces a grave threat in India, the state administration is committed to ensuring communal harmony.
The Tamil Nadu government had in September 2021 passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act, with Chief Minister MK Stalin stating that the law was discriminatory as it had no provisions for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to get Indian citizenship.