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.”
The legislators had already presented a petition to the Speaker VP Sivakolundhu on February 6, requesting him not to permit any discussion or a resolution against CAA “as it exceeds the powers of the Legislative Assembly under Government of Union Territories Act 1963.”
The legislators requested the Lt Governor to take necessary action, saying any discussion or deliberation on CAA would be violative of the provisions of the Constitution and infringing the rights of Parliament.
They also pointed out that the CAA had been passed by both Houses of Parliament and the President had also given his assent to the Act.
Bedi, in her WhatsApp message, said she had examined the legal position of their representation and sent a letter to the Chief Minister, “advising him accordingly.”
She said the legislative power of the Puducherry Assembly does not extend to discussing or deliberating the matter of citizenship as it falls squarely within the domain of Parliament and the Central government.
“The matter of CAA is already under adjudication before the Supreme Court,” she said. The Lt Governor said she had also enclosed a copy of the petition with her letter to the Chief Minister.
Narayanasamy had said on February 3 that he would not inform Bedi in advance about the proposed anti-CAA resolution and that it would be done after the resolution was approved.