Citizenship Ammendment Bill: All you need to know about it

There are several questions arising in the minds of the mob as to what this bill is and what does it enfolds? Here is a complete answer to all your queries revolving the Citizenship Ammendment Bill.

Lucknow: The controversial Citizenship Ammendment Bill will be introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha today which will be followed by a series of debate and voting.

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There are several questions arising in the minds of the mob as to what this bill is and what does it enfolds? Here is a complete answer to all your queries revolving the Citizenship Ammendment Bill.

What is this Citizenship Ammendment Bill?
This bill seeks to provide Indian nationality to six communities- Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution from pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. It ammends the citizenship act, 1955 to make illegal migrants in the selected categories eligible for citizenship.

What does the government say?
Defence minister Rajnath Singh had made it clear at the meeting of BJP parliamentary party last week that the contentious legislation was the top priority of the government equating its significance with the decision to turn Article 370 into a dead letter. “Minorities in the neighbouring theocratic countries have beeen subjected to continuous persecutions which forced them to seek asylum in India. Giving citizenship to six minorities will be yet another push from the Modi government to the spirit of ‘sarva dharma sambhav’,” Singh said.

What does the opposition say?
The legislation has been attacked by opposition parties, minority outfits and others for leaving out Muslims and also on the grounds that it is at odds with the constitution, which does not differentiate between citizens on the basis of their faith.

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Who are the parties opposing/supporting the bill?
Congress, TMC, DMK, Samajwadi Party, RJD and left and even regional parties like BJD have expressed reservations.BJP’s Assam ally AGP seemed to have warmed up to the idea of CAB after the government assured changes to the Bill. The government is likely to get the support of regionalallies — Akali Dal and JD(U).AIADMK, meanwhile, is likely to take a cautious approach before clarifying its stand on the Bill.

Why are some northeast states opposing the Bill?                                                                                             The CAB has sparked resentment in the northeast as it is feared that granting citizenship to foreign refugees will undermine the ethnic communities living in these regions. There are indications that the government is working out a compromise. Formulations like provision of citizenship not leading to residency status in the smaller north-east states were discussed.

Why has BJP’s Assam-ally AGP taken a U-turn on CAB?                                                                                    In January last year, BJP’s ally Asom Gana Parishad AGP) had pulled out of NDA after Lok Sabha passed the earlier version of the Bill, which BJP had introduced in Parliament in 2016. When the Bill lapsed in the Lok Sabha, AGP returned to the alliance. Recently, the AGP has indicated a U-turn on the proposed Bill. “We have to move forward with the reality — neither can we expel lakhs of illegal migrants nor will Bangladesh ever take them back. We had our government twice in the past but we could not even identify the illegal migrants. Unfortunately, the Assam Accord has only gathered dust for over 34 years,” AGP member and Assam minister Atul Bora said.

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