The much talked about Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday after 293 members voting in favour of it. Altogether 82 opposition members including from Congress, Indian Union of Muslim League, DMK and Trinanool Congress voted against the introduction.
The revised Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, in order to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who are ‘forced to come to India’ following religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Home Minister Amit Shah while presenting the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha said that if any Muslim from Afghanistan, Pakistan & Bangladesh nations applies for citizenship according to our law, then it will be considered.
Home Minister said that bill does not violate any rights of Muslim community living in India. He further said that many people have been given citizenship and people who apply according to Indian law will be given citizenship too.
On Citizenship Amendment Bill, Lok Sabha Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the Bill violates article 14 of the constitution and is also against Indian democracy.
TMC MP Saugata Rai termed the Citizenship Amendment Bill as divisive and unconstitutional.