Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The Lok Sabha today passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill with 311 members voting for it. Moments after the bill was passed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded Home Minister Amit Shah for explaining ‘every aspects’ of the Bill. In a tweet, he said: “I would like to especially applaud Home Minister @AmitShah 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.”
Before the bill was passed, Home Minister Amit Shah replied to concerns raised by the opposition leaders from different parties including Congress. He said that Citizenship Amendment Bill under no dimension is unconstitutional or is against Article 14.
Earlier in the day, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi tore apart a copy of Citizenship Amendment Bill and said that it will lead to another partition of the country. Opposing the Bill, he said: “This will lead to another partition…this bill is against the Constitution of India and disrespect to our freedom fighters. I tear the bill, it is trying to divide our country.”
Home Minister Amit Shah today initiated the discussion over the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019. Speaking on the bill, he assured that there was no political agenda behind the government’s move to go ahead with the legislation. Shah asserted that was no question of injustice with anyone. “This legislation grants rights, doesn’t snatch it as being claimed by the opposition parties,” Amit Shah said.
Lok Sabha witnessed fiery arguments between the government and Opposition as Amit Shah tabled the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The legislation was tabled in the Lower House after over an hour of heated debate followed by voting. Out of the present 375 MPs, 296 voted in favour of its introduction and 82 against it.