The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is "anti-Constitutional" and the BJP-led Union government is pushing it only for political benefits, Nationalist Congress Party chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said here on Monday.
TheCitizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB)seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
The bill to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act was introduced in Parliament on Monday, and later in the day it will be taken up for discussion and passage, according to the Lok Sabha's List of Business.
Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha says There is no political agenda behind this bill. No question of injustice with anyone.
“I have brought a Bill in parliament, which was part of our manifesto. Crores of people have given their stamp of approval when they elected Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls.”
“In 1947, all refugees which came in, all 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.”
Congress’ Praneet Kaur said the government has reduced the number of arms that persons are allowed to hold to two. She says it needs to be increased to three firearms as earlier.
While BJP’s Satya Pal Singh spoke in support of the Bill, Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant asked if gun owners who have licenses have been convicted of serious crimes.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday there is no question of privatisation of ordnance factories and that the government will not allow interests of labourers working in these units to be hurt under any circumstances.
Replying to supplementary queries from members during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Singh said people are generally in favour of corporatisation of ordnance factories and talks have been held in this regard with labour unions of workers in ordnance factories.
"However, whatever is done, it will only be after taking everyone into confidence. I would also like to assure that the government will not let interests of labourers working in ordnance factories be hurt under any circumstances," he said.
After Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which got 293 votes in its favour during a division demanded in the House, the Lok Sabha will continue discussion on the legislation at 3.30 pm, reported CNN-News18.
Eminent classical dancer Sonal Mansingh on Monday raised in Rajya Sabha the issue of poor arrangements made by air carriers, including Air India, in transporting instruments of travelling artistes.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, the nominated member said there are hardly any arrangements to ensure safety of equipments or costumes of artistes while travelling on flights.
Narrating a recent incident, the dancer said the sitar of an eminent sitarist, who took an Air India flight to New York, was found broken on landing.
293 'Ayes' in favour of introduction of Citizenship Amendment Bill and 82 'Noes' against the Bill's introduction, in Lok Sabha
I appeal to you(Speaker), save country from such a law and save Home Minister also otherwise like in Nuremberg race laws and Israel's citizenship act, Home Minister's name will be featured with Hitler and David Ben-Gurion, said Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha
CAB an assault on the foundational values of our republic. Should religion decide nationhood...Bill against the structure of our Constitution...we do not have the competence to debate the Bill, says Congress' Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha.
NK Premachandran,Revolutionary Socialist Party MP says, Bill violates the basic structural features of the constitution envisioned in the preamble as entitlement of citizenship based on religion is against the secular fabric of the country
BJP's Arun Singh on Monday took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha.
Singh, who was elected unopposed to the Upper House from Uttar Pradesh last week, took oath in Hindi.
He greeted Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and other members after taking oath.
Singh was elected in Rajya Sabha by-election last week, which was necessitated following the resignation of Samajwadi Party member Tazeen Fatma, who is now the MLA from Rampur.
Citizenship Amendment Bill attacks Article 14. The concept of cizitnship cannot be read in isolation but has to be read with articles enunciated in the constitution, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Citizenship Amendment Bill," It nothing but a targeted legislation over minority people of our country". Union Minister Amit Shah says, "This Bill is not even .001% against minorities in the country".
All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MP from Dhubri(Assam) Badruddin Ajmal, stages a protest in Parliament premises against Citizenship Amendment Bill
All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) stages protest at Jantar Mantar against the Citizenship Amendment Bill
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel raises the issue of Delhi fire incident which claimed 43 lives, in the House
Shops closed in Guwahati following shutdown call by various organisations opposing Citizenship Amendment Bill
Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Parliament. Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is in Lok Sabha's List of Business for today, to be introduced by the minister.
Indian Union Muslim League party MPs hold a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises against Citizenship Amendement Bill
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday submitted a notice in the Lok Sabha to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at the introduction stage on the grounds that it "violates" the fundamental right to equality.
Tharoor submitted the notice this morning under Rule 72 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha.
The Bill violates the Fundamental Right to Equality prescribed by Article 14 since it infringes upon the principle of "equality before law" and the "equal protection of laws" guaranteed to all persons, including non-citizens,Tharoor said in his notice.
Protest being held in Agartala against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019. Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is in Lok Sabha's List of Business for today, to be introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah
This Bill is in the interest of northeast states and the country. The Bill will get nod from both the Houses of the Parliament, says Pralhad Joshi
Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting the minister to include Shia community in Citizenship Amendment Bill
The List Of Business in the Rajya Sabha on Monday includes the tabling of papers by 12 ministers and the introduction of a Bill concerning the regulation on recycling of ships.
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 Bill for consideration and passing, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The Bill will provide for the regulation of recycling of ships by setting certain standards and laying down the statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The 12 ministers who will table the papers concerning their departments are: Rajnath Singh for Ministry of Defence; Prakash Javadekar for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for Ministry of Minority Affairs; Pralhad Joshi for Ministry of Coal: Shripad Yesso Naik for Ministry of Defence; Kiren Rijiju for Ministry of Minority Affairs and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; Mansukh Mandaviya for Ministry of Shipping; Arjun Ram Meghwal for Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises; V.K. Singh for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; Rattan Lal Kataria for Ministry of Jal Shakti; V. Muraleedharan for Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Pratap Chandra Sarangi for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
T. G. Venkatesha and Tiruch Siva will table the Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Transport, Tourism and Culture.
Union Minister Shripad Yesso Naik will make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations contained in the Twenty-eighth Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence on 'General Defence Budget, BRO, ICG, MES, CSD, DGDE, DPSUs, Welfare of Ex-Servicemen, Defence Pension and ECHS (Demand No. 19 and 22)' pertaining to the Ministry of Defence.
The Monday List of Business in the Lok Sabha includes the introduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing, and a motion regarding suspension of two members -- T. N. Prathapan and Dean Kuriakose will be also be taken up.
The motion regarding the suspension of two members from the service will be moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. The motion says: "That this House having taken serious note of the misconduct of T. N. Prathapan and Adv. Dean Kuriakose, Members, on December 6, 2019 with a Honourable lady Member of the House, who is also Union Minister in utter disregard to the House and authority of the Chair, suspends them from the service of the House for the remainder of the Session."
The List of Business will see the introduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will move for leave to introduce the Bill further to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.
Union External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will move the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019 for passing. The Bill is to make special provisions for repression of piracy on high seas and to provide for punishment for the offence of piracy and for matters connected therewith on incidental thereto.
The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be moved by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad which will further amend the Constitution of India.
The Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture will table reports on: "Two hundred seventy-second report on action taken by the Government on the Recommendations/Observations of the Committee contained in its two hundred and thirty-sixth report on the Infrastructure Lending in Road Sector'; two hundred seventy-third report on action taken by the Government on the Recommendations/Observations of the Committee contained in its two hundred and sixty-second report on 'Development of Buddhist Circuit in India'."
It also includes: "Two hundred seventy fourth report on action taken by the Government on the Recommendations/Observations of the Committee contained in its two hundred and seventy-first report on 'Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants, Pensions and Schemes administered by the Ministry of Culture'."
TMC MP Santanu Sen has given Zero hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'change the name of state of West Bengal to 'Bengal.'
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.'
Ahead of tabling of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday, the Shiv Sena has questioned whether "selective acceptance" of Hindu illegal immigrants will act as a trigger for a religious war in the country and accused the Centre of apparently doing an "invisible partition" of Hindus and Muslims over the bill.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also said "vote bank politics" under the garb of the bill (CAB) is not in the interest of the country.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena also raised the timing of the bill saying, "There is no dearth of problems in India now but still we are inviting new ones such as CAB. It looks like the Centre has made an invisible partition of Hindus and Muslims over the bill".
The Sena, which has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha, also pointed out that most of the states from the North East region have opposed the CAB along with Bihar where the BJP is sharing power with the JD(U), and West Bengal.
At the same time, the Sena has appealed to Prime Minister Narednra Modi to take a strong action against some neighbouring countries that torture Hindus like he had taken against Pakistan.
"It is true that there is no other country for Hindus except Hindustan. But by accepting only Hindus among the illegal immigrants..will it be a trigger of a religious war in the country?" the Sena questionned.
"If someone is trying to do a vote bank politics under the garb of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill then it is not in the interest of the country," it said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
The edit said, "Like Pakistan, PM Modi should teach a strong lesson to other neighbouring countries torturing the communities like Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis and Jains".
The Sena, which parted ways with the BJP recently to form a government with rivals NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, said the PM has already shown that certain things are "mumkin" (possible).
"Now, he should ensure that these communities won't have to leave their respective countries with his similar adventurous actions. This would help in strengthening the country's internal security as well," the edit said apparently referring to the surgical strike and Balakot air strike.
The Sena, however, said the illegal immigrants staying in India should be sent back to their countries of origin, a stated position of the BJP.
"The exact number of such illegal immigrants should be known. If it is in lakhs then where are they going to be settled in India?" asked the saffron party.
"In Islamic countries, minority Hindus are treated as second class citizens, girls are kidnapped and assaulted and sometimes there are forced conversions," the Sena said.
"Most of the states from the NE region have opposed the CAB besides states like Bihar where the BJP is sharing power with the JD(U), chiefly because immigrants are seen as threat to their regional culture. West Bengal is another major state opposing the bill," it said.
The Sena said the number of illegal immigrants in Maharashtra is already putting a lot of pressure on local bodies, in providing civic amenities.
"In such a scenario, states like Gujarat and Karnataka will have to play a major and humanitarian role to accommodate these immigrants," the Sena said in a dig at the BJP which is in power in both the states.
The Sena also fired another veiled barb at the BJP over "non-settlement" of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir.
"It is not clear whether they (Pandits) would go back to Jammu and Kashmir even after abrogation of Article 370.
Will the Centre resettle the illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries in J&K as it is now officially integrated with the rest of the country?" it asked.
Cong opposes CAB tooth & nail in present form because its against constitution designed by the visionaries of a modern and plural society making India of Mahatma Gandhi different from our next door extremist neighbours, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Monday hit out at the government over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying it is a "cab" ride with a divisive driver.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. The Congress has said it will oppose "tooth and nail" the Bill in Parliament as it is against the country's Constitution and its secular ethos.
"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!" Sibal said in a tweet.
The bill to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act will be introduced in Parliament on Monday afternoon, and later in the day it will be taken up for discussion and passage, according to the Lok Sabha's List of Business.