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Amit Shah To Table Citizenship Amendment Bill In Lok Sabha Today
Union home minister Amit Shah will table the crucial Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday. While the Bill is likely to be passed by the Lower House where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a sweeping majority, it may hit a roadblaock when it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha, where the Opposition which outnumbers the BJP has been staunchly against the Bill. The Union Cabinet had, last week, given its go-ahead to the Bill, prior to which Shah had met with various stakeholders and groups from the northeast, wherein the concerns pertaining to the indigenous northeastern population had been raised. The Bill aims to provide citizenship to those who had been forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries, primarily Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is a drastic shift from the provisions of the Citizenship Act of 1955 that labels a person an “illegal immigrant" if he or she has entered India without travel documents or has overstayed the date specified in the documents.