The nation seems confused, curious and intrigued about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, (CAB) 2019 which has got a green signal in the Lok Sabha on December 9, and is debated in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The entire opposition front, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) along with others, are opposing the bill. The Congress party leader Shashi Tharoor has called the bill biased on religious ground. “It very clearly targets the Muslim community, it is very shameful,” reacted Tharoor to the passing of the CAB 2019 in the Lok Sabha with 311 ‘A Yes’. Tharoor also called the passing of the bill in the Lok Sabha as the assault on the structure of the democracy.
However, the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has clarified that this bill has nothing to do with the existing Indian Muslims in the country. “A rumour is being spread that the bill is against the minorities. The Muslims living in this country don’t have to worry about the bill,” assured Shah in the Rajya Sabha while tabling the bill there. He also asked why the country should provide citizenship to those in majority in the countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. “Do you want me to give the citizenship to Muslims coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh? It can’t work like this,” Shah roared in the Rajya Sabha while saying this.
Wednesday, December 13, 1:17 pm: After seeing the violent protests in parts of North-East part of India, BJP has decided to launch a campaign to make people aware of the features and benefits of the CAB, 2019, reported PTI.
BJP set to launch campaign to inform people about features & benefits of amended #CitizenshipAct and "dispel propaganda" that legislation is against any community
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 13, 2019
Wednesday, December 12, 11:17 pm: As per news agency ANI, 2 protestors have been killed in the firing by the police force in Assam. The deceased have been identified as Dipanjal Das (21) and Sam Stafford (32). The protestors were protesting against the passing of CAB, 2019 in the Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha. As per the protestors, those migrating from Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh as per the CAB, 2019, will be settled in the North Eastern part of India. They are protesting against this as they feel their culture, demographic and access to jobs will be under threat.
Wednesday, December 11, 11:17 pm: After the clearance of CAB, 2019, the once NDA member, Shiv Sena, stated that it always wanted to support the bill but wanted no vote bank politics over the issue. The Shiv Sena leader, Sanjay Raut, said that his party is an individual party and has it’s own stand over the bill. “We didn’t say that the refugees shouldn’t be granted citizenship, they should be given. But we said that if it’s a conspiracy for vote bank politics & allegations are being levelled against you then they should not be granted voting rights for 25 years.” Sanjay Raut stated his view while speaking to the news agency ANI.
Wednesday, December 11, 9:33 pm: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief and Congress party’s interim president, Sonia Gandhi, has rejected the passing of the bill. Sonia Gandhi called the passing of the CAB, 2019 as the result of a “dark day”. The Congress party’s interim chief also called this CAB, 2019 as the “unconstitutional” tool.
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 11, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 9:24 pm: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the nation on this historic day. PM Modi called this a “landmark day” for the entire nation. He also thanked the Rajya Sabha members who voted for the bill and made this a success. “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.” tweeted PM Modi as soon as the news spread of the bill clearing the toughest exam of the day.
A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood!
This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 9:12 pm: After the political upheaval the whole day between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 has been passed in the lower house of the parliament. The bill cleared the passage to become a law with 125 supporting Rajya Sabha members, while 105 Rajya Sabha members opposed the bill.
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
Wednesday, December 11, 8:42 pm: The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, expressed that the work which should have been done 50 years back is now executed by the BJP-led NDA government. He said that if this CAB, 2019 would have been passed 50 years back, the current situation would have not become so “severe”. “If this bill was brought 50 years ago, then the situation had not been so severe today. #CitizenshipAmmendmentBill2019,” said Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha.
— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 6:22 pm: The veteran Congress party leader and former Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram strongly opposed the CAB 2019. He said that even if this bill passes in the both the houses of the parliament, it will be challenged in the Supreme Court of India. “This Bill will be challenged in the Supreme Court if it passes in the Parliament. I am absolutely certain that the judges of SC will strike it down.,” said Chidambaram while speaking to the news agency ANI.
Congress leader P Chidambaram on #CitizenshipAmendmentBill: This Bill will be challenged in the Supreme Court if it passes in the Parliament. I am absolutely certain that the judges of SC will strike it down. https://t.co/FZDVqRkVHo
— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2019