Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: The Citizenship Amendment Bill is being introduced to change the provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955, which will change the rules relating to the grant of citizenship. This amendment to the citizenship bill will pave the way for Hindus from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as well as Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians to gain Indian citizenship without valid documents.
Residence period will be reduced
People who are living in the country for 11 years are eligible to acquire citizenship of India. The citizenship amendment bill provides for reducing the residency obligation for refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan from 11 years to 6 years.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. Voting was held on the opposition's demand to introduce the bill and the House approved the introduction of the bill by 293 votes against 82. The Shiv Sena has voted in support of introducing the bill. Now the ruling and opposition will discuss the bill, after which voting will be held. If the bill is passed by the Lok Sabha, it will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha.
Home Minister Shah said that the bill is not against the minorities of the country anywhere and no Article of the Constitution was violated in it.
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: Shah also said in the House, "If the Congress party did not divide the country on the basis of religion at the time of independence, then this bill would not have been required." Opposing the introduction of the bill, Ranjan Chaudhary said that it is a bill for minorities. On this, the Home Minister said that this bill is not even against 0.001 percent minorities of the country.
He said on Chaudhary's comments that the merits and demerits of the Bill cannot be discussed before it is introduced. Under the Rules of the House, and Bill can be opposed on the basis of whether the House has the legislative capacity to consider it or not. Shah said that after discussing the bill, I will answer all the concerns of the members. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that members will get a chance to talk about them in detail during the discussion on the bill. Now he should put his subject in brief.
Home Minister is new, no knowledge of rules - Saugata Roy
After the Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced, TM MP in the Lok Sabha Saugata Roy said that the Home Minister is new, he is probably not aware of the rules. There was an uproar in the Lok Sabha after this. TMC MP Saugata Roy said in the Lok Sabha that today the constitution is in crisis. After this, the BJP members opposed his statement.
The argument between Amit Shah and Adhir Ranjan on Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019
Amid the political controversy, Home Minister Amit Shah today introduced a civil amendment bill in the Lok Sabha. There was an uproar in the House as soon as their bill was introduced. Opposition parties including Congress started opposing it. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that through this bill, minorities are being targeted. To this Amit Shah replied that this bill is not even against .001 percent of the country's minorities.
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, opposed the bill, saying that it is nothing but a law targeted at the minority of our country. He said that Article 13, Article 14 is being weakened.
These parties are opposed to and in favor of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019
Where the BJP, Janata Dal-United, Akali, and Lok Janshakti Party are in favor of the bill. The Congress, Trinamool Congress, Left parties and Samajwadi Party is opposing it.