New Delhi, Dec 9:
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Monday cleared the first test in the Lok
Sabha, with 293 members voting in favour of the bill’s introduction and 82
Minister Amit Shah introduced the contentious Bill in the Lok Sabha and said
that it is not even 0.001 per cent against the minorities in the country.
is not even 0.001 per cent against minorities in the country,” Shah said
in the House, amid much uproar by the opposition.
“Why do we
need this Bill today? After independence, if Congress had not done partition on
the basis on religion, then, today we would have not needed this Bill. Congress
did partition on the basis of religion,” Shah commented while taking
potshots at the opposition party.
Muslim from these three (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh) nations applies for
citizenship according to our law, then we will consider it, but the person
won’t get the benefit of this amendment as the person has not faced religious
persecution,” he further said.
Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains have been discriminated against. So
this bill will give these persecuted people citizenship. Also, the allegation
that this bill will take away the rights of Muslims is wrong,” Shah said.
PROTESTS OVER RELIGIOUS DIVIDE
As Amit Shah
introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha, the House erupted in
protests with AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi comparing the Home Minister to
Hitler and being reprimanded by Speaker Om Birla.
Congress MP Adhir
Ranjan Chowdhury slammed the Bill and said, “It nothing but a targeted
legislation over minority people of our country”, to which Amit Shah hit
back and said, “This Bill is not even .001% against minorities in the
in Lok Sabha: I appeal to you (Speaker), save country from such a law &
save Home Minister also otherwise like in Nuremberg race laws and Israel’s
citizenship act, Home Minister’s name will be featured with Hitler and David
Congress MP Saugata Roy said, “This bill is divisive and unconstitutional,
it violates Article 14 of the Constitution. This law is against everything our
founding fathers including Dr Ambedkar envisioned.”
Owaisi took the
criticism to another level and said, “I appeal to you (Speaker), save
country from such a law and save Home Minister also otherwise like in Nuremberg
race laws and Israel’s citizenship act, Home Minister’s name will be featured
with Hitler and David Ben-Gurion.”
To this the
Speaker warned Owaisi and said the comment will be expunged the House records.
WHAT IS THE
(Amendment) Bill seeks to change the six-decade-old Citizenship Act and grant
Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and
Afghanistan facing religious persecution in these neighbouring countries.
Members of Hindu,
Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014, facing religious
persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but be given Indian
citizenship, according to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019.
Citizenship Act, in Section 2 in sub-section (i), in clause (b) the following
proviso shall be inserted namely:- “provided that any person belonging to
Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan,
Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered into India on or before the 31st day of
December 2014 and who has been exempted by the central government by or under
clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the passport (Entry into India)
Act, 1920 or from the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act 1946
or any rule or order made thereunder shall not be treated as illegal migrants
for the purposes of this Act,” the Bill said.
will be given Indian citizenship after they have resided in India for five
years (six years in CAB 2016), instead of 11 years earlier, it said.
The Bill also
proposes to give immunity to such refugees facing legal cases after being found
illegal migrants. (AGENCIES)
Bill not even
.001 % against minorities: Shah
New Delhi, Dec 9:
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday introduced contentious Citizenship
(Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha and said that it is not even .001 per cent
against minorities in the country.
is not even .001 per cent against minorities in the country,” Shah said in
the House, amid much uproar by the opposition.
(Amendment) Bill 2019 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees
from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
bill, Indian citizenship will be provided to the members of Hindu, Sikh,
Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from the three
countries to India till December 31, 2014, to put an end to them being treated
as illegal immigrants in the country.
It is important
to note that the Bill was passed by the Lower House of the Parliament earlier
this year but lapsed with the term of the previous Lok Sabha during the first
term of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government in the Centre. (Agencies)