Congress Parliamentary strategy group headed by Sonia Gandhi to discuss Citizenship Bill today

By: |
December 8, 2019 9:51 AM

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi to chair Congress Parliamentary strategy group meeting today. (File Photo)

Congress’ parliamentary strategy group chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi will meet on Sunday to strategise on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, sources said. The party is likely to strongly oppose the bill which is expected to be tabled on Monday.

The bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had already said the party will oppose the bill.

The bill, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan facing persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship when the proposed amendments to the six-decade-old Citizenship Act come into effect.

The CAB was an election promise of the BJP in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP-led NDA government had introduced the bill in its previous tenure and got the Lok Sabha’s approval. But it did not introduce it in the Rajya Sabha, apparently due to vehement protests in the Northeast. The bill lapsed following the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Karnataka will have law against “love jihad”, officials asked to look into UP ordinance: State Home Minister
2‘Never go back on promises I make’: Rajinikanth announces launch of political party in January 2021
3Farm laws: Rahul Gandhi says anything less than complete repeal a betrayal with India