Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on January 2 said that the resolution passed by the Kerala Assembly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has "no legal or constitutional validity".
 
"This resolution has no legal or constitutional validity because citizenship is exclusively a central subject. This actually means nothing," Khan told to media.

The state Assembly had on December 31 passed a resolution seeking the withdrawal of the amended law.

The law grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

Since the resolution has been passed, the state government has been facing the ire of BJP leaders at the Centre.

Union minister V Muraleedharan on December 31 slammed the Kerala Assembly's resolution demanding the scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and termed it an "illegal and unconstitutional move".

"It is completely illegal and unconstitutional, it is making a mockery of the democratic process. The Legislative Assemblies of the states are supposed to enact laws that pertain to the issues of that state. When an Act has been passed by Parliament and the state legislature passes a resolution asking for its repeal then it means that they are taking away the powers of the members of the Rajya Sabha from the state," Muraleedharan told media.