#CitizenshipBill: Bill passed in Lok Sabha, despite protests from Opposition
After a four-hour-long debate, and despite staunch resistance from the Opposition, the Lok Sabha passed the bill following a clause by clause discussion of its provisions.
Here are the details.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill tabled in Lok Sabha
What the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is all about
For those unaware, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to give Indian citizenship to Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Parsi, Jain, and Christian illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan after six years of stay in India. Muslim illegal immigrants from these countries, however, are exempted from the provisions.
Congress had demanded that the bill be sent for re-evaluation
Explaining the Center's stand, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the bill would not be restricted to Assam, and would apply to all of India, including western states like Rajasthan, Punjab, and Delhi where there is an influx of migrants.
However, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the bill be sent back to the select committee for re-evaluation. When denied, Congress members walked out.
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AITC had called bill 'diabolical', demanded it be made secular
The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), too, voiced their objection to the bill, with MP Saugata Roy saying that the bill was an example of vote bank politics and divisive politics by the BJP.
He added that the bill was "diabolical" in nature, and demanded that the bill be made secular on humanitarian grounds.
Subsequently, AITC members staged a walk out.