Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill

Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks as he replies to the debate on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament
Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, completing the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Replying to a six-and-a-half-hour debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said the legislation seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in the three countries and not take away citizenship of anyone. He rejected the Opposition charge that the bill was against Muslims and said they have nothing to fear.

The Bill was passed with 125 votes in favour and 105 against it.

 
The CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday by 311:80 vote.

9:42 PM IST Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Wednesday said he was opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as "it will totally destroy minorities and is unconstitutional".

9:24 PM IST Derek O'Brien, TMC: This government only makes big promises but all their promises fail. Mamata Di has stated clearly that NRC and CAB will not be implemented in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/yF5zNjMjHJ — ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2019

9:18 PM IST Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, completing the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.   Replying to a six-and-a-half-hour debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said the legislation seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in the three countries and not take away citizenship of anyone. He rejected the Opposition charge that the bill was against Muslims and said they have nothing to fear.   The Bill was passed with 125 votes in favour and 105 against it. Besides BJP, its allies such as JD-U and SAD, the legislation was supported by AIADMK, BJD, TDP and YSR-Congress.

9:16 PM IST A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #RajyaSabha. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill. This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2019

9:15 PM IST As the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 passes in the Parliament, the dreams of crores of deprived & victimised people has come true today. Grateful to PM @narendramodi ji for his resolve to ensure dignity and safety for these affected people. I thank everyone for their support. — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 11, 2019

9:03 PM IST P Chidambaram, Congress: Shiv Sena not voting for the Bill after voting for it in Lok Sabha, is a welcome development. #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 pic.twitter.com/ca48Ww9nDb — ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2019

9:01 PM IST Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday rejected the Opposition's charge that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was anti-Muslim, saying it does not take away the citizenship of any Indian Muslim and only seeks to given the same to persecuted minorities of three neighbouring countries.   Replying to a debate on the bill in Rajya Sabha, he said the need to bring this Bill would not have arisen had Partition not taken place on the basis of religion. The Bill does not snatch citizenship of Muslims and their is no need for them to have any fear, he said.

8:55 PM IST Passage of CAB marks "victory of narrow minded and bigoted forces" over India's pluralism: Sonia Gandhi — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 11, 2019

8:52 PM IST Rajya Sabha approves The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 125 votes in favour and 105 against it — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 11, 2019

8:08 PM IST Rajya Sabha rejects motion to send Citizenship Amendment Bill to Select Committee of House; 113 votes against the motion, 92 in support — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 11, 2019

7:50 PM IST Curfew imposed on Wednesday in Assam's Guwahati was extended till indefinite period, amid violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a senior police official said.   The curfew, which was imposed at 6.15 pm, has been extended till indefinite period, Assam Police Additional Director General (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal told PTI.

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Citizenship Bill unconstitutional, will totally destroy minorities: Deve Gowda

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Wednesday said he was opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as "it will totally destroy minorities and is unconstitutional".

Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill

Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, completing the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
 
Replying to a six-and-a-half-hour debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said the legislation seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in the three countries and not take away citizenship of anyone. He rejected the Opposition charge that the bill was against Muslims and said they have nothing to fear.
 
The Bill was passed with 125 votes in favour and 105 against it. Besides BJP, its allies such as JD-U and SAD, the legislation was supported by AIADMK, BJD, TDP and YSR-Congress.

Amit Shah says citizenship bill not anti-Muslim, rejects Oppn charge that it is unconstitutional

Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday rejected the Opposition's charge that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was anti-Muslim, saying it does not take away the citizenship of any Indian Muslim and only seeks to given the same to persecuted minorities of three neighbouring countries.
 
Replying to a debate on the bill in Rajya Sabha, he said the need to bring this Bill would not have arisen had Partition not taken place on the basis of religion. The Bill does not snatch citizenship of Muslims and their is no need for them to have any fear, he said.

Curfew imposed in Guwahati extended till indefinite period amid violent protests

Curfew imposed on Wednesday in Assam's Guwahati was extended till indefinite period, amid violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a senior police official said.
 
The curfew, which was imposed at 6.15 pm, has been extended till indefinite period, Assam Police Additional Director General (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal told PTI.
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Citizenship Amendment Bill a slap on face of Parliament: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday termed the Citizenship Amendment Bill a slap on the face of Parliament and said the government is "ramming" through with it in order to advance its Hindutva agenda.
 
Participating in a debate on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, he charged the government with "wrecking and demolishing" the Constitution through it and expressed confidence that the judiciary would strike down the law.

Congress spreading confusion over CAB: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday charged the Congress with speaking the "language of Pakistan" on the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, and asked its leaders about their concerns when Kashmiri pandits were forced out of the valley.
 
Chouhan, also the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, alleged that the opposition Congress was creating confusion over the CAB.

5,000 paramilitary personnel being sent to NE in wake of protests over citizenship bill

The Centre on Wednesday airlifted 5,000 paramilitary personnel to Northeastern states, including Assam, for maintenance of law and order duties in the wake protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill being debated in Parliament, officials said.

Assam turns into battleground amid anti-CAB protests

Tens of thousands of protesters against CAB descended on the streets of Assam on Wednesday, clashing with police and plunging the state into chaos of a magnitude unseen since the violent 6-year movement by students that ended with the signing of the Assam accord.
 
Though no party or student body has called a shutdown, protesters, a majority of them students, fought pitched battles with security forces in the restive state, including in front of the secretariat, the seat of the BJP government.
 
Police fired tear gas shells and baton-charged protesters, who fought back. Assam smouldered with protests rocking several parts of the state on the day the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is being hotly debated in the Rajya Sabha after its passage by the Lok Sabha.

Delhi Cong stages protest against Citizenship Bill near BJP headquarters

Congress leaders and workers on Wednesday staged a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill near the BJP headquarters on DDU Marg here.
Police put up barricades near the saffron party headquarters to prevent the protestors from marching ahead.

Shiv Sena set to oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: I have been hearing since yesterday that those who do not support this Bill are anti-national and those who support it are nationalist

Haasan slams citizenship bill, says it amounts to 'discrimination'

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan on Wednesday lashed out at the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying it amounted to the 'crime' of attempting a surgery on a "disease-free" person.
 
The actor-politician's strong-worded response on the issue comes two days after the bill was passed in Lok Sabha and taken up for discussion in the upper house on Wednesday.
 
"Trying to make India a country where only one set of people live is discrimination," he said in a statement.
 
"We certainly have a duty to rectify any error in the Constitution. But trying to correct a good, error-free system is a betrayal of the people and democracy," he said.
 
"The central government's legislation is equal to the crime of attempting a surgery on disease-free person," Haasan in a party statement.
 
The Lok Sabha had earlier adopted the bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan by December 31, 2014 and faced religious persecution in those countries.
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Home minister Amit Shah misleading country on Constitution Bill: Congress

The Congress accused Home Minister Amit Shah of "misleading" the country on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill and claimed that the proposed legislation was a direct attack on the Constitution, aimed at diverting the attention of the people from real issues such as the economic slowdown.
 
The government is trying to divide the people of the country and divert attention from the problems being faced by them, Congress General Secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal told reporters.
 
Asked if the Congress would approach the Supreme Court against the bill if it is passed by Parliament, he said, "We will explore all possibilities." "The Home minister is misleading the country (on Citizenship Amendment Bill)...It is a direct attack on the Constitution. It is a direct attack against our fundamental rights and values," Venugopal said.
 
He also said the Congress has done all preparations for the party's "massive" 'Bharat Bachao Rally' which is going to be held on December 14 here.
 
"This will be a historic rally against the anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government," Venugopal said. 

RSTV briefly stops telecast of Citizenship Bill discussion on instruction from Chair

Rajya Sabha TV on Wednesday briefly stopped the telecast of the live proceedings from the Upper House during the presentation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on the directions of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
 
The stoppage happened when Home Minister Amit Shah was heckled by opposition members during the introduction of the bill when he stated that the rights of Assamese people will be protected by the BJP government.
 
Naidu warned the opposition members not to interrupt and said he will name them - a procedure that calls for an MP to withdraw from the proceedings of the House for the day.
 
As he did that, he also ordered that nothing they say will go on record.

Opposition could get numbers against Citizenship Amendment Bill: Azad

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said the opposition could get the required numbers against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as the parties that supported the BJP in the Lok Sabha might vote against the proposed legislation, considering the nationwide protests against it.
 
"Who knows, we may have the numbers. I think a better sense will prevail on most of the regional political parties and they will read through the reasons why this bill should not be passed. This bill is totally discriminatory and unconstitutional. It has been rejected by one and all from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. The northeastern states are burning and there are huge protests in other parts of the country.
 
"I do not think that ever before, the northeastern states have unitedly gone against a bill passed by Parliament," the senior Congress leader told reporters. 

Centre taking steps for development of mining sector: Govt tells Lok Sabha

The Centre has taken a number of steps for the development of mining sector in the country, including formulating a new mineral policy, Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
 
The minister said the central government has also amended the Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 2017 and the concept of star rating and the period to achieve it has been modified considering the problems faced by the medium and small mine owners.
 
"The central government has taken various steps for development of mining sector in the country. The central government has also formulated National Mineral Policy, 2019 for a vibrant and forward looking mineral sector," he said during Question Hour.

Steps being taken to promote defence exports: Govt tells Lok Sabha

The government has taken a number of steps to promote defence exports, including reduction in the time taken for issuing export authorisations, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
 
Singh also said self-reliance in defence production to meet the requirement of the armed forces was imperative from both strategic and economic perspectives.
 
"Several steps have been taken to promote defence exports, including reduction in the time taken for issuing export authorisations," he said during the Question Hour.
 
The minister said these platforms or equipment were exported or supplied to the friendly foreign countries (FFCs) either on commercial terms or by following the lines of credit etc.
 
"In view of the strategic sensitivities involved, it is not desirable to disclose the list of such countries," he said.

Through Citizenship Bill, government fulfilling dream of Jinnah, says SP

BJP's agenda is to make India muslim-mukt : Samajwadi Party

BJP's agenda is to make India muslim-mukt : Samajwadi Party
JP Nadda, BJP: In 2003, Dr Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha said to then Deputy PM Advani on treatment of refugees  &persecution of minorities in countries like Bangladesh, he said we should have more liberal approach in granting citizenship to them. So, we are following what he said.
Derek O Brien, TMC in Rajya Sabha: I read that PM Modi said this will be written in golden letters. I will tell you where it will be written, it will be written on grave of the father of the nation, but which father of the nation? In Karachi, on Jinnah's grave.

TMC opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

Those who drafted Citizenship Amendment Bill inspired by the Nazis: Derek O'Brien

Citizenship Amendment Bill: Amit Shah says Indian Muslims 'were, are and will remain' Indians

Defending the Bill, Shah said Indian Muslims "were, are and will remain Indian citizens".
 
Moving the bill that provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Shah said minorities in the three nations do not get equal rights.
 
The population of minorities in these countries has reduced by as much as 20 per cent, either by way of elimination or because they migrated to India, he said, adding that these migrants did not get rights to jobs and education.
 
The bill provides citizenship to these persecuted minorities, Shah said.
 
The legislation, which allows citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who illegally migrated to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.
 
Several MPs of opposition parties moved a motion to send the bill to the select committee of the Upper House.

TRS, Shiv Sena, TMC protest in Lok Sabha over GST dues

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress (TMC) members demanded in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the Centre release the GST dues to the states.
 
As soon as the Question Hour commenced, the TRS members stood up with posters asking for the release of the dues related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). They also raised slogans.
 
They were joined by the members of the TMC and the Sena, an erstwhile ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for close to an hour after an uproar by opposition parties over the delay in the release of the GST payments to the states.
Rajya Sabha briefly stopped telecasting proceedings during Citizenship Amendment Bill on direction of Chair.
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Anand Sharma, Congress in Rajya Sabha: In our religion, we believe in rebirth, and that we meet our elders. So if Sardar Patel meets Modi then he will be very angry with him, Gandhi will of course be sad, but Patel will be indeed very angry.

Citizenship Amendment Bill protest: Students clash with police near Assam secretariat

Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill continued to rock Assam as a large group of students fought a pitched battle with the police near the state secretariat here on Wednesday, police said.
 
Students in large numbers were seen proceeding towards the Secretariat from all directions. Another group has reached Ganeshguri area, around 500 metres from the centre of power.
 
They broke a barricade on GS Road following which the police resorted to lathi charge. Teargas shells were also lobbed at the students who also threw the shells back at the policemen.

Entire NE has complete protection under Citizenship Bill: Rijiju

Entire NE has complete protection under Citizenship Bill; we do not want region to fall into trap of some mis-campaigning: Rijiju

Govt proposes to send Personal Data Protection Bill to joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament

The government on Wednesday proposed sending the Personal Data Protection Bill to a joint select committee of both the Houses of Parliament amid protests by the opposition, which said the right of privacy of citizens is being compromised.
 
Even before the bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government will bring a resolution in the House to refer it to a joint select committee of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
 
He said the proposed committee could bring out a report before the Budget session, which usually begins in the last week of January.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh: The extent of neglect that northeast has suffered over half a century under Congress rule is a testimony in itself. The development that has happened in the last 5 years in the northeast, is more than what has been seen in the last 65 years.

Anand Sharma demands the Bill be sent to Parliamentary committee

Anand Sharma demands that the Citizenship Bill be sent to Parliamentary committee.

Citizenship Amendment Bill hurts the soul of India, says Congress

Anand Sharma,Congress in Rajya Sabha: The bill that you have brought is an assault on the very foundation of the Indian constitution, it is an assault on the Republic of India. It hurts the soul of India. It is against our constitution & democracy. It fails the morality test.

Shah says that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was part of the BJP's manifesto

This is a government which believes in sabka saath, sabka vikaas. Shah says that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was part of the BJP's manifesto and the victory means people have accepted the CAB. He says the manifesto says we will address the concerns of the northeast.
 
 
 

Do you want Muslims in Pakistan to be granted Indian citizenship, asks Shah

Shah claims the media is saying the Bill is anti-minorities and anti-Muslims. "Do you want Muslims in Pakistan to be granted Indian citizenship," he asks.

Can't protect all Muslims, says Shah on Citizenship Bill

India can't protect all Muslims, says Amit Shah.
HM Amit Shah: Misinformation has been spread that this bill is against Muslims of India. I want to ask the people saying this that how is this bill related to Indian Muslims? They are Indian citizens and will always remain, no discrimination against them.
Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: No Muslim in India needs to worry due to this Bill. Don't get scared if someone tries to scare you. This is Narendra Modi's Govt working according to constitution, minorities will get full protection. 
Tamil Nadu: Congress workers hold protest against Citizenship Ammendment Bill 2019, in Chennai.

Will address all the concerns of Northeast, says Amit Shah

Will address all the concerns of Northeast, says Amit Shah

BSNL employees have not received their salaries, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant says that BSNL employees have not received salaries. Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, MoS, Communications says this is a priority for the government.

No manual scavenging anywhere in India, Piyush Goyal says

DMK's Kanimozhi says Railways is the only department which uses manual scavenging and the people who do it are not given protective gear.
 
Goyal responds saying that across the country manual scavenging has been gotten rid of. He says that whatever muck there is on railway tracks was inherited in 2014. More than 90 percent toilets have been converted to bio-toilets.

Venkaiah Naidu says I have seen the Citizenship Amendment Bill and it's in order

"This Bill is in order, there is no reason to demand reconsider debate on this Bill. The Lok Sabha has passed this Bill, and I have seen the legislation and it's in order," say Venkaiah Naidu even as Trinamool Congress called the bill "defective" because it "divides the nation on basis of religion".

There has been an almost 20% decline each in population of religious minorities in both Pakistan and Bangladesh: Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: There has been an almost 20% decline each in population of religious minorities in both Pakistan and present day Bangladesh. Either they were killed or they fled to India for shelter.

Want life of dignity for minorities who fled countries like Pakistan, says Amit Shah

Want life of dignity for minorities who fled countries like Pakistan, says Amit Shah

Protests in Guwahati against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

Nobody in JD(U) has courage to go against Nitish Kumar: Tejashwi Yadav

Tejashwi Yadav, RJD: Some JD(U) leaders are raising questions against Citizenship Amendment Bill a day after it got passed in LS. It's all part of drama. Nobody in JD(U) has courage to go against Nitish Kumar. Nitish has compromised by supporting the Bill just to remain in power.

CAB is unconstitutional, say RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav holds protest in Patna against Citizenship Amendment Bill and National Register of Citizens (NRC); says, “CAB is unconstitutional. It has been clearly written in the Constitution of India that the country cannot be divided on the basis of religion."

Some parties speaking the language of Pak on CAB,says Modi

PM Modi in BJP Parliamentary party meeting said that some Opposition parties are speaking the same language as Pakistan on the Citizenship Bill: Modi

Shiv Sena's stand could be against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha: Raut

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP on Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha: We have to clear our doubts on this bill, if we don't get satisfactory answers then our stand could be different from what we took in Lok Sabha

On the economy, Modi has asked MPs to take suggestions of farmers, traders and businessmen

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi after BJP parliamentary party meeting: PM Modi asked all MPs to take suggestions of farmers, traders and businessmen in their respective constituencies and give that feedback to Finance Minister.

PM Modi said that Citizenship Amendment Bill will be written in golden letters for people who are persecuted on basis of religion

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi after BJP parliamentary party meeting: PM Modi said that Citizenship Amendment Bill will be written in golden letters for people who are persecuted on basis of religion.

Citizenship Amendment Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha at 12 pm today

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi after BJP parliamentary party meeting: The Citizenship Amendment Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha at 12 pm today, and it will be passed in the house with comfortable majority.

Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh has given adjournment motion notice

Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh has given adjournment motion notice on 'unrest and strife in the country over Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Kapil Sibal from Congress, Derek O'Brien from TMC and Ramgopal Yadav from SP will speak on Citizenship Amendment Bill

Among the Opposition leaders who will speak during Citizenship Amendment Bill debate in Rajya Sabha, are Kapil Sibal from Congress, Derek O'Brien from Trinamool Congress and Ramgopal Yadav from Samajwadi Party.

BJP Parliamentary party meeting underway at Parliament library

Amit Shah to move The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha, today

Home Minister Amit Shah to move The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha, today.

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