LIVE: Bill to decide India’s future as secular country tabled in Lok Sabha today

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The Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Monday tabled the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha. The Bill provides automatic citizenship to non-Muslim infiltrators living in the country. These religious groups are Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis. The Union Cabinet had cleared Bill last week.

Citizenship Amendment Bill

The passage of the Bill will decide India’s future as a secular country since this will be first time the country will legally discriminate against Muslims because of their religious faith.

Home Minister Amit Shah had minced no words while campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal that his government will provide pass laws to grant Indian citizenship to all non-Muslim refugees living in India.

The Bill, which had lapsed in the previous term of the parliament, has already evoked angry reactions from people in the North-East states, where several protests are planned for today. People in the North-Eastern states are angry over Hindus, who arrived from Bangladesh illegally, getting the citizenship status in the region.

The government may have no trouble in clearing the Bill in the Lok Sabha, where it enjoys a massive majority. In Rajya Sabha too, the BJP may get support from its new ‘friends’ such as Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, which has traditionally sided with the BJP on policy announcements targeting Muslims. The AAP had supported the BJP government’s move to rename Aurangzeb Road in Delhi before supporting the Modi government on launching a crackdown against Kashmir’s 80 lakh population through abrogation of Article 370.

However, parties such as the Congress, Trinamool, DMK, Samajwadi Party, Left and Rashtriya Janata Dal have already opposed the Bill.

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  • Why do we need this Bill today? After independence, if Congress had not done partition on the basis on religion,then,today we would have not needed this Bill. Congress did partition on the basis of religion: Amit Shah
  • In Afghanistan,Pakistan and Bangladesh, Hindus,Sikhs,Buddhists,Christians,Parsis and Jains have been discriminated against. So this bill will give these persecuted people citizenship. Also, the allegation that this bill will take away rights of Muslims is wrong: Amit Shah
  • I appeal to you(Speaker), save the 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: AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi (ANI)

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