The much-debated Citizenship Amendment Bill was sailed through Lok Sabha on Monday amid across-county and opposition protest against the same. The bill that seeks to allow citizenship to no-Muslims refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan was introduced with 311Ayes and 80 Nos.
Notably, persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan would be liable for Indian citizenship if the bill is passed.
Ever since Union Home Minister Amit Shah has hinted to amend the Citizen Act, there’s been widespread protests against the same. People have alleged that the exclusion of Muslims in the bill dampens the secular tag of the country.
While introducing the bill in Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Bill was “nothing but targeted legislation over minority people of our country”.
Shah, however, demising the claims, said the “Bill is not even .001% against minorities in the country”. ” I am ready to answer all the questions but oppositions shouldn’t stage a walkout,” he added.
The Original Bill
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend a six-decade-old law to make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens.
The original Citizenship Act of 1955 states that any citizen seeking Indian Citizenship should have lived in the country for 11 of the last 14 years. The amendment further proposes to reduce the aforementioned time period to five years for non-Muslim applicants