Home Minister introduces Citizenship Amendment Bill

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

He also didn't mention that clause six of the accord, which spoke of granting constitutional safeguards to "Assamese people", was only meant for accepting undocumented migrants from Bangladesh till 1971 and that the Bill now aims to add undocumented Bangladeshis who entered the state between 1971 and 2014, which is outside the scope of the accord.

Dr Shashi Tharoor, a former United Nations diplomat and now a member of Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament, while endorsing the statement said his party - the opposition Indian National Congress has also been objecting to "precisely what they intend to".

"Asserting that India has always kept its doors open for oppressed minorities, Mr. Madhav said", The persecuted minorities of the neighbouring countries, which are proposed to be given citizenship in the bill, are victims of the historical decision to divide this country on religious lines.

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 would lead to another partition.

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Home Minister Amit Shah said the Bill is not.001% against minorities in the country.

The Indian Union Muslim League, an opposition party primarily representing Muslims in the country has chose to oppose the introduction of the bill in Parliament. Activists and organizations opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 protested outside the residences of Tinsukia BJP MLA Sanjay Kishan, Teok AGP MLA Renupoma Rajkhowa, newly-elected Sonari BJP MLA Nabanita Handique and other leaders. As the Bill was being introduced in the Lower House, many voices from the opposition said that it was based on the religion. The minister accused the grand old party of "dividing the county on the basis of religion during partition". "Congress did partition on the basis of religion".

The minister made the remarks during debate on the introduction of the Bill which seeks amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, which was enacted to provide for the acquisition and determination of Indian citizenship.

The CAB was first introduced in 2016 by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but was withdrawn after an alliance partner withdrew support and protests flared in India's remote and ethnically diverse northeast region.

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