Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha as 311 MPs vote to end India’s status as secular nation

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The Lok Sabha has approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill with 311 MPs voting in favour while only 80 opposing the contentious legislation aimed at ending India’s status as a secular country. Reacting to the passage of the Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he thanked Lok Sabha MPs adding that the Bill was in line with India’s centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in ‘humanitarian values.’

Modi added, “I would like to specially applaud Home Minister Amit Shah Ji for lucidly explaining all aspects of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. He also gave elaborate answers to the various points raised by respective MPs during the discussion in the Lok Sabha.”

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “Today is a black day for our constitution because what happened was unconstitutional. It very clearly targets the Muslim community, it is very shameful.”



Meanwhile, protests have erupted across north-eastern states against the passage of the Bill. All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)staged protests in Dibrugarh yesterday. The AASU and North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) have also called for a 12-hour bandh in Guwahati.

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.

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  • Karnataka: Social Democratic Party of India-Karnataka holds protest against #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019, in Bengaluru. (ANI)
  • Asaduddin Owaisi on Shiv Sena supported #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 in Lok Sabha: This is ‘Bhangra politics’. They write ‘secular’, in common minimum programme, this bill is against secularism and Article 14. It is politics of opportunism. (ANI)
  • Tejashwi Yadav, RJD on #CitizenshipAmendmentBill: We will strongly oppose the bill. It is a bill that will divide the country. We will fight against it. Nitish Kumar has again betrayed the people of Bihar by supporting the bill. Nitish Kumar is afraid of BJP & RSS. (ANI)
  • Pawan Varma, JDU National General Secretary on JDU supported #CitizenshipAmendmentBill in Lok Sabha: I’ve urged our National President Nitish Kumar to reconsider party’s stand. Bill is unconstitutional, discriminatory & against spirit of secularism, unity & harmony of our country. (ANI)
  • Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray: Anyone who disagrees is a ‘deshdrohi’ is their illusion. We have suggested changes in #CitizenshipAmendmentBill we want in Rajya Sabha. It is an illusion that only BJP cares for the country. (ANI)
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray: If any citizen is afraid of this Bill than one must clear their doubts. They are our citizens so one must answer their questions too. (ANI)
  • Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray: We will not give support to the Bill (Citizenship Amendment Bill) unless things are clear. (ANI)
  • MEA: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries. It seeks to address their current difficulties and meet their basic human rights. (ANI)
  • MEA in response to queries regarding comments made by US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB): The statement made by USCIRF on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is neither accurate nor warranted. (ANI)
  • Assam: Various organisations continue to protest in Guwahati against #CitizenshipAmendmentBill. Assamese actors Barsha Rani Bishaya and Utpal Das also present. (ANI)
  • The #CAB is an attack on the Indian constitution. Anyone who supports it is attacking and attempting to destroy the foundation of our nation: Rahul Gandhi
  • Congress has issued three line whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in the House tomorrow
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