Citizenship Bill passed in Lok Sabha, PM Modi applauds Amit Shah for ‘lucidly explaining’ all aspects of bill

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Citizenship Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded Home Minister Amit Shah for explaining 'every aspects' of the Bill. He said that Shah gave elaborate answers to the various points raised by respective MPs during the discussion in the Lower House.

Citizenship Amendment Bill, Citizenship Bill in Lok Sabha, amit shahHome Minister Amit Shah tabled the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha amid massive protest by the Opposition. (Photo/Lok Sabha TV)

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. 

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    00:17 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    PM Modi applauds Amit Shah for 'lucidly explaining' all aspects of bill

    PM Modi after Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Delighted that the Lok Sabha has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a rich and extensive debate. I thank the various MPs and parties that supported the Bill. This Bill is in line with India’s centuries-old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values. 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.

    00:12 (IST)10 Dec 2019
    Parliament LIVE: Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha

    The Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill with 311 'ayes' and 80 'noes'.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was delighted that Lok Sabha has passed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a rich and extensive debate. "I thank the various MPs and parties that supported the Bill. This Bill is in line with India’s centuries-old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values," he said.

    23:29 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill: Arunachal, Mizoram nothing to worry, Amit Shah

    Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on CAB: Whole of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram are protected by the Inner Line Permit (ILP), they have nothing to worry about. All of Nagaland, except a small part of Dimapur is also protected by Inner Line Permit, they too have nothing to worry."

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    23:07 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    PoK is ours, Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

    Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: "Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is ours, the people there are also ours. Even today, we have reserved 24 seats for them in the Jammu & Kashmir assembly."

    22:55 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah: We have done no discrimination on basis of religion

    Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: In 1991, the Hindu population was 84% and in 2011, it was 79%. In 1991, the Muslim population was 9.8% and today it's 14.23%. We have done no discrimination on basis of religion and in future as well, there will be no discrimination based on religion.

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    22:44 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah begins his reply on Citizenship Bill

    Home Minister Amit Shah on Citizenship Amendment Bill: Under no dimension, this bill is unconstitutional, or is against Article 14.

    21:44 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill not only for Assam but for entire country: Assam CM

    Sarbananda Sonowal says Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not only for Assam but for the entire country. "It is important to realise that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is for the whole of India and not only for Assam but a section has maligned the image of the state by spreading misinformation that only Assam will have to again bear the burden of illegal immigrants", Sonowal tweeted.

    20:26 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Asaduddin Owaisi tears Citizenship Bill in Lok Sabha

    AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi tears Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha. He says the bill is discriminatory and targets Muslims. Owaisi calls the Bill a strategic blunder and wasn't expected.  

    20:07 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Congress calls Citizenship Bill discriminatory

    Congress leader in Adhir Ranjan in Lok Sabha: We are opposing Citizenship Amendment Bill as it is discriminatory. The argument of persecuted refugees can be dealt with by making separate provisions through the amendment in current law for accommodating refugee. A separate discriminatory law is not needed for it.

    19:39 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Bill will be struck down in Supreme Court: NCP

    NCP's Supriya Sule in Lok Sabha: "Entire ethos of our democracy is equality and talking about Article 14&15, I am not convinced by Home Minister, it will be struck down in Supreme Court. I request him to rethink of it and please withdraw the bill."

    19:24 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP supports Citizenship Bill 2019

    LJP leader Chirag Paswan says that his party backs Citizenship Bill 2019. He says that this Bill doesn't affect the minority community in India. It is for those people persecuted in our neighbouring countries in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Chirag Paswan says.

    19:17 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    KCR's TRS opposes Citizenship Bill 2019

    leader Nama Nageswara Rao in Lok Sabha: "We oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019, in line with our secular party policy. We strictly follow the provisions and spirit of the Indian Constitution."

    19:16 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    BSP opposes Citizenship Bill

    BSP leader Afzal Ansari in Lok Sabha: The National President of BSP, Mayawati had earlier only stated that Citizenship Amendment Bill is unconstitutional and opposed it. Today as well,  we stand here against the bill.

    19:13 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Naveen Patnaik's BJD supports Citizenship Amendment Bill

    BJD leader Prasanna Acharya on Citizenship Amendment Bill: We support the bill but our suggestion is to include Sri Lanka in it because there were reports about mistreatment towards minorities there in the past. Also, Govt should allay any misunderstanding that the bill is against Muslims.

    18:46 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    JDU supports Citizenship Amendment Bill

    JDU leader Rajiv Singh Ranjan said that his party supports the Citizenship Amendment Bill. He said that this Bill is for those who have been persecuted in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. "We all know how people have been persecuted in Pakistan — abduction, conversion and forced marriage.  There is no reason for anyone to oppose the Bill," the JDU leader said. 

    18:38 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Jaganmohan's YSRCP supports Citizenship Amendment Bill

    YSRCP leader Midhun Reddy said: "We support this bill but we have certain concerns also, we expect the government to take note of our concerns. Even among Muslims, there are sects that are persecuted. We request the government to also treat them at par.

    18:10 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Manipur Education Minister backs Citizenship Bill

    Manipur Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh backs  Citizenship Amendment Bill. "Already, we have been informed that there is a protection clause for the state of Manipur. The clause has been assured by the Home Minister,  so we need not worry. It is for the betterment of citizens." He also said that there should be no agitation against it but people are doing a lot of politics, particularly Congress. "They have no issues. In Manipur or anywhere else, there's no effect of the bill, but people are being instigated," he said. 

    17:41 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Congress hits back at Amit Shah

    Congress leader Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha: Today Home Minister said that Congress is responsible for partition on basis of religion. I want to make it clear that the foundation for the two-nation theory was laid in 1935 in Ahmedabad by Savarkar in a Hindu Mahasabha session,  and not Congress. 

    17:13 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Bill against Indian Constitution: Manish Tewari

    Congress MP Manish Tewari describes the Citizenship Amendment Bill as against the Indian Constitution. This Bill is an insult to BR Ambedkar, Tewari said. 

    17:05 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Constitution accepted every refugee who came into India in 1947: Amit Shah

    In 1947, refugees who came in were accepted by the Indian Constitution, there would hardly be any region of the country where refugees from West and East Pakistan didn't settle. From Manmohan Singh ji to LK Advani ji, all belong to this category.  We are including Manipur in Inner Line Permit system, this big issue has now been resolved. I thank PM Modi on behalf of people of Manipur for fulfilling this long-standing demand, Amit Shah said.

    16:56 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    CAB grants rights, doesn't snatch it: Amit Shah

    Asserting that the primary aim of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 is to grant rights to the persecuted, Home Minister Amit Shah said the legislation grants rights, doesn't snatch it as being claimed by the opposition parties. 

    16:40 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Debate over Citizenship Amendment Bill begins

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah begins the debate in Lok Sabha over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 has started.  There will be no injustice with anyone. I want to assure once again that there's no political agenda in this, says Amit Shah

    15:56 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Will never allow CAB in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that her government will never allow Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the state. "There is no need to worry about NRC and CAB. We will never ever allow it in Bengal. They can't just throw out a legal citizen of this country or turn him/her a refugee," Mamata Banerjee said.

    15:50 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Shiromani Akalo Dal hails Citizenship Bill, but wants Muslims also covered

    The Shiromani Akali Dal has hailed the NDA government's decision to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, saying a long-pending demand of the party has been accepted. The party, however, said the Bill should cover all persecuted people irrespective of their religion.

    13:48 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    293 MPs support introduction of Citizenship Amendment Bill

    The Citizenship Amendment Bill has been tabled in Lok Sabha. Out of the present 375 MPs, 296 voted in favour of its introduction and 82 against it in Lok Sabha.  

    13:34 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Congress divided country on religion basis: Amit Shah

    Why do we need this Bill today? After independence, if Congress had not done partition on the basis of religion, then, today we would have not needed this Bill. Congress did partition on the basis of religion, says Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

    13:27 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Bill divisive and unconstitutional: TMC's Saugata Roy

    This bill is divisive and unconstitutional, it violates article 14 of the constitution. This law is against everything our founding fathers including Dr.Ambedkar envisioned, says Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy

    12:43 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Bill violates Constitution: NK Premachandran

    Revolutionary Socialist Party MP NK Premachandran says that the Bill violates the basic structural features of the constitution envisioned in the preamble as an entitlement of citizenship based on religion is against the secular fabric of the country.

    12:32 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Amit introduces Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha, Opposition creates ruckus

    'I will answer all questions on the Bill. Tab House se walkout mat karna,' says Amit Shah after uproar by the Opposition as he tables the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha.  

    12:06 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Will oppose the Bill at any cost: Akhilesh Yadav

    We are against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 and the party will oppose it at all costs, says Samajwadi Party chief and Azamgarh MP Akhilesh Yadav.

    11:58 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Shutdown in Guwahati against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

    Several organisations have called for a shutdown in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 which will be tabled in Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.  

    11:52 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    AIUDF MP protests against CAB

    All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MP from Dhubri, Assam Badruddin Ajmal, stages a protest in Parliament premises against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019. 

    11:50 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Shiv Sena's balancing act?

    Bharatiya Janata Party's erstwhile alliance partner Shiv Sena appears confused over whether to support the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019  or stand against it. | READ MORE HERE

    11:11 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Bill will get nod in both Houses of Parliament: Pralhad Joshi

    Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi has expressed confidence that the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 will be passed in both Houses of Parliament. 'This Bill is in the interest of northeast states and the country. The Bill will get nod from both the Houses of the Parliament,' he told reporters.

    10:30 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Trinamool Congress raises demand for West Bengal's name change

    Trinamool Congress MP Santanu Sen has given Zero hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'change the name of state of West Bengal to 'Bengal', ANI reports.

    10:25 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    BJP MP demands setting up 'Amir Regiment' in Indian Army

    BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'demand to set up an Ahir Regiment in the Indian Army', reports news agency ANI.

    10:20 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Kapil Sibal slams govt over CAB

    "CAB is a cab ride with a divisive driver to: destabilise, destroy our polity values both societal and constitutional with an eye only on political dividends. Hath milao Desh bachao!" senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said in his tweet. | READ MORE HERE

    10:17 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Protest in Tripura against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB)

    People in Tripura's capital Agartala took to streets to protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill which will be moved in Lok Sabha by Amit Shah today.  

    10:13 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Granting citizenship on basis of religion will reduce India to 'Hindutva version of Pakistan': Shashi Tharoor

    Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament will mark the definitive victory of Mohammed Ali Jinnah's thinking over that of Mahatma Gandhi's. "It is a shameless performance by a government which as recently as last year, refused to entertain any discussion on developing a National Asylum policy, which I had proposed in a Private Members Bill and shared personally with the then home minister, his MoSes and his home secretary," he said.

    10:02 (IST)09 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019: CPI to work out common strategy with Left parties

    Voicing its opposition to nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), the CPI said it would work out a common strategy along with other left parties on the CAB. "NRC is Assam-specific and it should not be extended to the rest of the country," CPI general secretary D Raja said. The CPI is opposed to CAB as citizenship in the country was not based on religion, he said.

    The bill 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.
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