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HYDERABAD : The Telangana legislative assembly on Monday passed a resolution opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR), and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Chief minister and leader of the ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) K. Chandrasekhar Rao also said that the act and two processes are methods being used to "tinker with the inclusive and non-religious nature of the citizenship".

"For the first time in India, the CAA introduced a religious test to acquire Indian citizenship while also providing for an accelerated path for non-Muslims of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. There have been protests across India against enactment of CAA and the proposed implementation of NPR and NRC," stated Rao, also known as KCR.

Addressing the assembly while the resolution was being passed, KCR stated that implementation of all three things will violate principles of equality, non-discrimination and secularism, and added that a "concerted attempt would also endanger the lives of vulnerable groups who did not possess documentary proof of citizenship." The chief minister also questioned the legality and constitutionality of the CAA, NPR and NRC.

With Monday's development, Telangana has joined non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states like West Bengal, Kerala, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi and Bihar which have also passed resolutions against the NRC/NPR. In the Telangana assembly, the ruling TRS has 103 out of the 119 seats, while the main opposition Congress has just six, Telugu Desam Party two, BJP one and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen seven.

The TRS had won 88 seats in the 2018 December state elections (Congress had won 19), after which 12 MLAs from the Congress and other opposition MLAs defected to the TRS. The AIMIM and the TRS, which are not officially in an alliance, I've always maintained that both on friendly terms. On Monday, the BJP's lone MLA, who is known for his inflammatory speeches, protested against the resolution.

AIMIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi said that the CAA is a law that "not only divides the country, but also weakens it" and added there have been 8 state resolutions against the CAA, NRC and NPR so far but no resolution is as detailed as the one that we are passing today in the Telangana legislative assembly.

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