Stormy Winter Session ahead in Parliament as BJP set to push Citizenship (Amendment) Bill despite protests from several quarters

The Narendra Modi government is set to push for the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament's Winter Session starting from Monday

Press Trust of India November 16, 2019 10:23:31 IST
Stormy Winter Session ahead in Parliament as BJP set to push Citizenship (Amendment) Bill despite protests from several quarters
  • The Narendra Modi government is set to push for the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament's Winter Session starting from Monday

  • The government has listed the bill in its items of business for the session, official sources said

  • The bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is set to push for the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a key BJP plank which is aimed at granting nationality to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries, in Parliament's Winter Session starting from Monday.

The government has listed the bill in its items of business for the session, official sources said.

The BJP-led NDA government had introduced the bill in its previous tenure as well but could not push it through due to vehement protests by opposition parties, which criticised the bill as discriminatory on religious grounds.

Stormy Winter Session ahead in Parliament as BJP set to push Citizenship Amendment Bill despite protests from several quarters

File image of Parliament. PTI

The bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha.

The legislation seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan if they have fled their respective country due to religious persecution.

There has been opposition to the bill in Assam and other Northeastern states

Student organisations, political parties and socio-cultural bodies have been protesting on the grounds that it seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims, mostly Hindus, who have come into India up to December 31, 2014, thereby increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord.

The BJP and its Hindutva affiliates have insisted that minorities, of whom Hindus are in overwhelming numbers, from these countries should be granted Indian citizenship.

The session is scheduled to be held between 18 November to 13 December.

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