Citizenship Bill Highlights: Shah blames Congress for partition

NP1550 09/12/2019 16:18 PM

New Delhi. The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday by the Home Minister Amit Shah. The Bill which provides citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring nations, faced stiff protests in the Parliament, in different parts of the country, mainly the Northeast. Lok Sabha agreed to introduce the Citizenship Bill with 293 votes in favour and 82 against.


Amit Shah while introducing the Bill in Lok Sabha, clarified that the Bill is not against Muslims or minorities and it does not mention them even a single time. He also asked the Opposition MPs to listen to him and not stage a walkout while he answers all their questions. According to Amit Shah, the Bill seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who are facing religious persecution there. He mentioned that laws were framed to give citizenship to people on several occasions in the past, including in 1971 after the creation of Bangladesh and attacks on Indians in Uganda, by using the provision of reasonable classifications. 


The House erupted in protests, as the Bill was introduced, with AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi comparing the Home Minister to Hitler and being reprimanded by Speaker Om Birla. Slamming it, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury 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 country". 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."





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