Citizenship Amendment Bill: What is the citizenship amendment bill, understand its provisions in 10 points

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, ie Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Through this, non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given citizenship. This bill was neutralized during the last term of the Lok Sabha. In view of the introduction of the bill, the ruling BJP issued a whip to all its Lok Sabha members to be present in the house for three days from December 9.A source said that in the whip, all BJP (BJP) MPs have been asked to be present in the House. The bill is likely to be passed easily in the Lok Sabha as the BJP has 303 MPs in the 545-member house.

  • The Citizenship Amendment Bill aims to grant Indian citizenship to the people of six communities – Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Parsi.
  • The bill will amend the existing laws, so that illegal migrants from select sections can be exempted. Since Muslims are not included in this bill, the opposition has criticized the bill as being against the secular principles enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
  • According to the news, other amendments have also been made in the new bill to clearly differentiate people who have ‘illegally entered India’ and those who have taken refuge in India after being victims of religious atrocities in neighboring countries.
  • The bill is being opposed in the northeastern states of the country, and they are concerned that a large number of Hindus from Bangladesh may be granted citizenship in the last few decades.
  • The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is certain to be passed easily in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, but it will not be easy to get passed in Rajya Sabha, where the central government does not have a majority.
  • The Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party (SP), Left parties and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) are opposed to the bill, but All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is in the fray in the Rajya Sabha. Parties like (AIADMK) can strike a balance in the government’s favor.
  • The BJP’s Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had opposed the bill being passed in the Lok Sabha in 2016, and even broke away from the ruling coalition, but when the bill became ineffective, the AGP returned to the coalition.
  • A vote was taken on the opposition’s demand to introduce the bill in the Lok Sabha, and the House approved the introduction of the bill by 293 votes against 82. Opposition members, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, demanded the withdrawal of the bill, calling it a violation of the basic spirit and Article 14 of the Constitution.
  • Home Minister Amit Shah dismissed the concerns of opposition members including Congress, IUML, AIMIM, Trinamool Congress and said that the bill is not against the minorities of the country anywhere and no Article of the Constitution was violated in it.
  • Shah also said in the House “If the Congress party does not divide the country on the basis of religion at the time of independence, then this bill is not needed.”

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