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Citizenship Amendment Bill to face Rajya Sabha test today


NP1550 11/12/2019 11:00 AM
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New Delhi. The contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill is set to undergo a litmus test in Rajya Sabha when Home Minister Amit Shah will table it at 2pm on Wednesday, during the ongoing winter session of Parliament. 6 hours have been allotted for the deliberations over the Bill in the Upper House of Parliament. 

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CAB has cleared Lok Sabha amid massive protests from the Northeast. The Bill also received severe flak from the Opposition in Lok Sabha but made the cut due to the sheer majority of the Bhartiya Janta Party in the lower house. However, it might get a little difficult for the BJP today as it does not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha. In order to get the CAB passed in the upper house, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government will have to win at least 120 votes in favour of the Bill in the 245-member House, as the effective number stands at 238. 

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The Lok Sabha voted 311-80 in favour of the Bill on Monday, triggering a massive uproar in the corridors of power as well as the streets of Northeast India, especially Assam. While the Shiv Sena extended its support to the Bill in Lok Sabha, it is highly unlikely that it would repeat it in the Rajya Since since the Congress top brass has reached out to Sena, its ally in Maharashtra. Simultaneously, Sena has also demanded that the changes sought by the party be included in the Bill.

 

 

 

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