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Amid Protests, Lok Sabha Passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

by GoNews Desk 9 months ago Views 813
Amid Protests, Lok Sabha Passes Citizenship (Amend
Late on Monday night, after a debate lasting seven hours, and despite protests by the Opposition, the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), which grants citizenship on the basis of religion, was passed in the Lok Sabha. There were 311 votes in favour of the Bill and 80 against it.

The Bill proposes granting of citizenship to Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But Muslims are not included in the Bill.

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During the debate, several Opposition MPs opposed the Bill in one voice and said that it violates Article 14 of the constitution and is unconstitutional. 

But in reply, Home Minister Amit Shah said that this Bill does not violate Article 14 in any manner.

Meanwhile, during the debate, AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi termed the Bill worse than Hitler’s and tore a copy of the Bill in the House. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor called it a black day for the Constitution.

After the Bill was passed, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Delighted that the Lok Sabha has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a rich and extensive debate. I thank the various MPs and parties that supported the Bill. I would like to specially applaud Home Minister @AmitShah Ji for lucidly explaining all aspects of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. He also gave elaborate answers to the various points raised by respective MPs during the discussion in the Lok Sabha.”

Meanwhile, after being passed in the Lok Sabha, this Bill will now be presented in the Rajya Sabha.

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