Mumbai: Two days ahead of the Congress government’s move to bring in an anti-CAA resolution in the assembly, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Monday shot off a letter to Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, saying the Act passed by Parliament is applicable to the union territory and “cannot be questioned or deliberated in any manner.”
She said this after three nominated legislators from the BJP, V Saminathan, K G Shankar and S Sellaganapathy, met her and submitted a petition, bringing to her notice the government’s move to bring in a resolution in the assembly on February 12 against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The MLAs had already submitted a petition to speaker VP Sivakolundhu on 6 February, requesting them not to allow any discussion motion against the CAA “as it would be under the Union Territory Government’s Legislative Assembly. Exceeds the powers of 1963 “.
The legislators requested the Lieutenant Governor to take necessary action, saying that any discussion or deliberations on the CAA would violate the provisions of the Constitution and violate the rights of Parliament.
They also pointed out that CAA had been passed by both houses of Parliament, the President had also given his assent to the Act.
Bedi said in her WhatsApp message that she investigated the legal status of her representation and sent a letter to the chief minister “advising him accordingly”.
She stated in her letter that the CAA was passed by both the Houses of Parliament, approved by the President and notified in the Extraordinary Gazette of December 12, 2019.
She said that the legislative power of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly does not extend to discussing or deliberating on the matter of citizenship as it falls incrementally in the domain of Parliament and the Central Government.
“The matter of CAA is already under adjudication before the Supreme Court,” she said.
Bedi said that according to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly 1966 “a resolution of any matter which is adjourned by the court of jurisdiction of the court in any part of India, under rule 105 above Not acceptable. Rules.”
The Lt Governor said she had also enclosed a copy of the petition with her letter to the Chief Minister.