All states have no choice but to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said on Thursday.
“Citizenship is a subject of Union list. The CAA has been passed by both houses of parliament and the president has given his assent to it. The states have no choice but to implement it,” Meghwal told reporters in Dehradun.
The Union minister of state for water resources and parliamentary affairs was in the city as a central party observer to supervise the election of state BJP president.
The minister said that opposing states Kerala and West Bengal have no options but to implement it.
“The Kerala CM is saying the CAA would not be implemented, the West Bengal CM is also saying the same thing. But they will have to implement it as they have no options,” he said.
Meghwal also spoke on the economic slowdown and said that it was a transitional phase.
“The economy has a cycle. It is in a transitional phase at the moment and I am sure the situation will soon turn for the better,” the minister said.
(With inputs from agencies)