Citizenship Bill In Upper House Of The Parliament, Amid Protests

Citizenship Bill In Upper House Of The Parliament, Amid Protests

Citizenship Bill In Upper House Of The Parliament, Amid Protests 

New Delhi: Amid the widespread protest in northeastern states, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, will be presented in the Upper house of the Parliament today. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 seeks to provide citizenship to six minority groups from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will move the bill to the Rajya Sabha.

The Centre is anticipated to make one last effort to push this Bill through the Rajya Sabha today.

After the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, in January, there has been a widespread protest in the northeastern states including, Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram and Manipur.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will amend the laws governing citizenship, in order to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who had escaped religious persecution from the three neighbouring countries and entered India before December 31, 2014.

The law was opposed by the political parties and the civil society, saying that it would allow citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, who came to the state after March 1971, in violation to the Assam Accord, 1985.

In the northeastern states, the illegal migration is a sensitive issue, where tribals and other ethnic communities wish to keep out the outsiders.

Union minister Rajnath Singh had said,"The burden of those persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam alone should not have to bear the entire burden," while responding to the debate on the Bill in Lok Sabha. He said, "The government of India is committed to give all help to the state government and people of Assam."

PM Modi has also said that his government is committed towards safeguarding the rights and interests of the people of the northeast.

"Those who sit in AC rooms in Delhi, who fight us in the parliament are spreading misinformation. But the BJP is committed to protecting the culture and resources of Assam and the northeast. The Clause 6, which is the soul of Assam Accord, has remained unimplemented for the last 35 years and our government will implement it in letter and spirit," PM Modi said during a rally in Assam last week.