Parliament: Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill with 311 votes

The Lok Sabha passed a Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there, a little past midnight on Monday.

After over seven-hour-long debate, the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha with 311 members favouring it and 80 voting against it.

Several amendments brought by opposition members, including one by Shiv Sena MP, were defeated either by voice vote or by a division.

According to the proposed legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will be given Indian citizenship.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night expressed delight over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, saying the proposed law is in line with India's centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values.

 
The Lok Sabha passed the Bill with 311 votes in favour and 80 against it a little past midnight after a debate that lasted more than seven hours.

"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. This Bill is in line with Indias centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values," he tweeted.

Sitaram Yechury tweeted, "We reject this bill of Jinnah and Savarkar's dreams. It is unconstitutional, and divides our people. We will continue to fight against it in all possible forums."

12:55 AM IST I extend my gratitude to PM @narendramodi for making the historic Citizenship Amendment Bill a reality, that will allow India to open its doors to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who are facing religious persecution.I thank everyone who supported this bill.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 9, 2019

12:34 AM IST We reject this bill of Jinnah and Savarkar's dreams. It is unconstitutional, and divides our people. We will continue to fight against it in all possible forums.— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) December 9, 2019

12:26 AM IST Former Assam CM & Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Lok Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: This is dangerous for Assam, we are next door neighbours to Bangladesh. This Bill will adversely affect the culture, heritage, & population structure of the North-East. pic.twitter.com/NuA8EUXJqt— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2019

12:24 AM IST Congratulations to the entire nation on the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha. Under the stewardship of PM @narendramodi and HM @amitshah the nation is fulfilling our ancient traditions of supporting the oppressed.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) December 9, 2019

12:24 AM IST 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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2019

12:24 AM IST 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. This Bill is in line with India’s centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2019

12:23 AM IST JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor on Monday expressed disappointment over his party supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha, holding that the legislation discriminates against people "on the basis of religion".   In a tweet late in the night when the Bill was put to vote and passed by the Lok Sabha with a resounding majority, Kishor sought to underscore that the Bill was "incongruous” with the constitution of the party, headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, which swore by secularism and Gandhian ideals.

11:33 PM IST Modi govt's only religion is Constitution: Amit Shah during debate on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha

11:27 PM IST There is no hatred for any religion, says Home Minister Amit Shah during debate on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha

11:15 PM IST The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not in violation of constitutional provisions, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Monday night as he responded to a debate on the contentious legislation in the Lok Sabha. It will give relief to people living a painful life after facing persecution in neighbouring countries, he said. Had India not been divided on religious lines, there was no need for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, he said targeting the opposition Congress. The Bill is not violative of Article 14 of the Constitution as it aims to give citizenship to persecuted people, he said.

11:06 PM IST Will never accept Rohingya refugees as citizens, asserts Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

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Prashant Kishor expresses disappointment over JD(U) supporting CAB

JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor on Monday expressed disappointment over his party supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha, holding that the legislation discriminates against people "on the basis of religion".
 
In a tweet late in the night when the Bill was put to vote and passed by the Lok Sabha with a resounding majority, Kishor sought to underscore that the Bill was "incongruous” with the constitution of the party, headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, which swore by secularism and Gandhian ideals.
Modi govt's only religion is Constitution: Amit Shah during debate on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha
There is no hatred for any religion, says Home Minister Amit Shah during debate on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not in violation of constitutional provisions: Amit Shah

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not in violation of constitutional provisions, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on Monday night as he responded to a debate on the contentious legislation in the Lok Sabha. It will give relief to people living a painful life after facing persecution in neighbouring countries, he said. Had India not been divided on religious lines, there was no need for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, he said targeting the opposition Congress. The Bill is not violative of Article 14 of the Constitution as it aims to give citizenship to persecuted people, he said.
Will never accept Rohingya refugees as citizens, asserts Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha
India doesn't need refugee policy, has enough laws for protection of refugees, Amit Shah says while responding to debate on Citizenship Bill
Citizenship Bill is not violative of Article 14 of Constitution as it aims to give citizenship to persecuted people: Home Minister Amit Shah
Muslim population in India has increased in last 7 decades; will not discriminate against anyone on basis of religion: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha
Had India not been divided on religious lines, there was no need for Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Amit Shah responds to debate in Lok Sabha
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not in violation of constitutional provisions: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

Citizenship Bill against basic principles of Constitution, discriminates against Muslims: Opposition

Cautioning the government against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Opposition on Monday claimed in Lok Sabha that the proposed legislation was against the basic principles of the Constitution as it "discriminates" on the basis of religion and would alienate Muslims, the largest minority community in the country.
 
The members also objected to keeping countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar out of the list.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said the government was trying to create an impression that by opposing the legislation, his party was anti-Hindu.

Some in Congress itching to challenge Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in court: Gaurav Gogoi

Congress leaders could move court if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed by Parliament as some in the party are "itching to" challenge it legally, party spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi said on Monday.

Citizenship bill seeks to make Muslims stateless: Owaisi

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday launched a blistering attack on the Union government in Lok Sabha over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying it was aimed at making Muslims "stateless" and will lead to another partition.
 
"The bill is against the Constitution.... It is a conspiracy to make Muslims stateless," Owaisi said, questioning the government as to why it had not included countries like China, which occupies parts of India and other countries.
 
"Are you afraid of China?" he asked

Anti-CAB body demonstrates outside BJP office in Shillong

An organisation opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill demonstrated outside the BJP office here on Monday, when the proposed legislation was introduced in the Lok Sabha.
 
Workers of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) also burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, during their anti- CAB demonstration.

Citizenship Bill not only for Assam but for entire country: Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not only for Assam but for the entire country and a section is maligning image of the state by spreading misinformation about the bill.
 
He stressed on discussions and deliberations with the public to remove any doubts regarding the bill.
 
Sonowal urged the BJP workers to stay vigilant and check the spread of misinformation.

Include Muslim sects facing persecution in citizenship bill: SAD

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday urged the government to include sects from the Muslim community, who are facing persecution in neighbouring countries, in the Citizenship Amendment Bill as it will send a positive signal.

NCP to oppose Citizenship Bill in Parliament: Malik

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is "anti-Constitutional" and the BJP-led Union government is pushing it only for political benefits, Nationalist Congress Party chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said here on Monday.

Protests erupt in northeast as region braces for bandh after Shah tables CAB in Parliament

Forbidding clouds of anger and apprehension gathered over northeastern states on Monday, a day ahead of the shutdown called by NESO, an umbrella organisation of students in the restive region, despite Home Minister Amit Shah's painstaking efforts to allay their fears.
 
Assam and Tripura, two of the eight states that comprise the region which shares international boundaries with China, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan, smouldered with protests breaking out despite Shah's claim that the Bill is not against Muslims but infiltrators.
Citizenship will be granted to refugees even without documents, including ration cards, says HM Shah in LS. 

CAB has endorsement of India's 1.3 bn citizens, says Amit Shah

"Citizenship amendment bill has the endorsement of 1.3 billion citizens of the country as it was the part of the BJP manifesto in 2014 as well as 2019 Lok Sabha elections," Shah said, initiating the debate on the contentious bill.
Citizenship Bill does not discriminate, it gives and does not snatch rights, says Shah in LS. 
Have to differentiate between intruders and refugees: Shah in reply to debate on Citizenship Bill
We are committed to protecting indigenous customs and cultures of Northeast, says Amit Shah in LS. 
Citizenship bill has public endorsement as it was part of BJP manifesto in 2014 and 2019 LS polls, says HM Amit Shah in LS. 

Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill

Govt moves further changes to Arms (Amendment) Bill

Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved further amendments to the Arms (Amendment) Bill including provision of special status to sportspersons.
 
"There were many discrepancies in the six-decade old law making crime control difficult," he said while introducing further amendments in Lok Sabha.

Shah to make statement on Delhi blaze tomorrow

Home Minister Amit Shah will speak in Lok Sabha on Tuesday on the concerns raised by members over the devastating Delhi blaze which claimed 43 lives.
During the Zero Hour, members, cutting across party lines, raised the issue of the massive fire in a four-storey building comprising illegal factories in north Delhi's Anaj Mandi on Sunday.

Lok Sabha votes for introducing Bill

Lok Sabha votes in favour of introducing Citizenship Amendment Bill by 293 votes: TV news channels

Congress divided India along religious lines: Amit Shah

Citizenship Amendment Bill wouldn’t have been needed if the Congress party had not partitioned the nation on the basis of religion at the time of independence: Amit Shah.

Protests in Delhi before Bill is tabled

People shout slogans during a protest over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 7, 2019. Photo: PTI

Citizenship Amendment Bill not against Constitution: Amit Shah

No part of Citizenship Amendment Bill violates any part of the Constitution: Amit Shah. Article 14 of the Constitution of India--providing for equality before the law—does allow reasonable laws to be framed, he says.

Asaduddin Owaisi's remarks expunged

Speaker expunges remarks made by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi remarks on Home Minister Amit Shah. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor calls Citizenship Amendment Bill attack on the secular values of the Constitution.

Don't walk out of House: Amit Shah tells Opposition MPs

Opposition cites rules

Opposition members oppose to introduction of Bill on two grounds: a) Legislation outside the jurisdiction of Parliament, or b) Violates Article 14 of the Constitution
 

Bill not against minorities: Amit Shah

"This Bill is not even .001% against minorities in the country. I will rebut every argument against it,” says Amit Shah.
 

Citizenship Amendment Bill tabled

"This is a regressive legislation,” says Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhary as Home Minister Amit Shah tables Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Trinamool Congress opposes Bill

Citizenship Amendment Bill is unfair—it targets one particular community. I appeal the Minister to withdraw it, says Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress in Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha Speaker chides Opposition MPs

"Please maintain dignity of the House. India’s Parliament must be a guiding light for other parliaments,” says Speaker Om Birla to Opposition MPs shouting slogans against Citizenship Amendment Bill.

SP leader Akhilesh Yadav opposes Bill

Won't let Bill pass: Badruddin Ajmal

The Bill is against the Constitution and against Hindu-Muslim unity. We will reject this Bill--we will not let this Bill pass, says Badruddin Ajmal, Lok Sabha MP from Dhubri in Assam, according to ANI.
 

Shiv Sena changes views, criticises Bill

Shiv Sena, a former ally of the Modi government, says the Bill is "vote bank politics". An editorial in the party’s newspaper this morning questioned the timing of the Bill. "It is true that there is no other country for Hindus except Hindustan. But by accepting only Hindus among the illegal immigrants, will it be a trigger of a religious war in the country?" the Sena said. The party till last week had said it supports the Bill.
 

Bill to be tabled at noon

Citizenship Amendment Bill to be introduced at around noon in Lok Sabha after Question Hour, reports news agency ANI.

BJP has the numbers to pass Bill

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is comfortably placed to ensure the Bill's passage not just in Lok Sabha S, but Rajya Sabha as well. The Bill could come up for passage in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, and Parliament's Winter Session ends on Friday.
 

How Citizenship Bill helps BJP's election strategy

With the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) Parliament, the Modi government is fashioning something much more than an electoral strategy--- a system that is democratic but also majoritarian. It wants to dismantle multicultural democracy in India--ironically, using democratic methods, argues Bharat Bhushan in this opinion article. (PAYWALL)

Congress says will oppose Bill in Parliament

The Congress will oppose the Bill in Parliament, saying it was against the country's Constitution and its secular ethos. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury spoke about his party’s stand on Sunday after a meeting of the Congress parliamentary strategy group at Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi. Chowdhury is the Congress's leader in Lok Sabha.
 

BJP issues whip to party's Lok Sabha members

The BJP has issued whip to all its Lok Sabha members to remain present in the House for three days starting Monday, the Economic Times reported quoting unnamed sources in the party. The will be introduced Monday afternoon, and taken up for discussion and passage later.
 

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