The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 following an over 8-hour-long fiery debate in the House. The legislation got 125 votes in support, while 105 members voted against it in the Upper House. Shiv Sena decided against voting over the Bill. Responding to the debate over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the legislation should have been brought 50 years ago. “If this bill was brought 50 years ago, then the situation had not been so severe today,” he said, adding that the Congress party’s definition of secularism was limited to Muslims. Speaking in the Upper House earlier, BJP’s Subramanian Swamy said that the Congress and the Opposition are confusing the Citizenship Amendment Bill with NRC. Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of pushing its Hindutva agenda through the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Congress leader P Chidambaram said that the legislation will be struck down by the Supreme Court. “Parliamentarians are abdicating their duties. This is a slap in the face of Parliament. Parliament has been asked to do an unconstitutional thing. It will not stop here. It will go to the judges,” Chidambaram said. The AIADMK and Janata Dal (United) voted in favour of the Bill.