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‘Landmark day for India’: PM Modi after Rajya Sabha passes citizenship bill

After a debate that lasted over 6 hours, Rajya Sabha on Wednesday cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill piloted by Home Minister Amit Shah.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Dec 11, 2019 21:50 IST
‘Landmark day for India’: PM Modi after Rajya Sabha passes citizenship bill

After a debate that lasted over 6 hours, Rajya Sabha on Wednesday cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill piloted by Home Minister Amit Shah.

Since 12 pm, 44 lawmakers from different parties shared their stand on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, 125 people voted in support of the bill, whereas 105 people voted against it.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 (CAB) was moved in the Rajya Sabha by the Union home minister Amit Shah.

As the debate concluded, Amit Shah addressed Rajya Sabha and answered to questions raised by the members in the house before the voting on the Bill began.

The bill had an easy passage in the Lok Sabha where the BJP-led NDA has majority. The Lower House passed the bill 334-106 after a fierce day-long debate on Monday.

There have been wide-spread protests against the bill in the northeast including Assam and Tripura.

Here are the updates:

03:28 PM IST

We do not support this Bill, says Praful Patel

Concluding his speech, Nationalist Congress Party MP Praful Patel says, "We do not support this Bill."


"Citizenship (Amendment) Bill needs more debate."

03:25 PM IST

Many flaws in this Bill, says NCP MP Praful Patel

"Before bringing a Bill as serious as such, a proper committee should have been formed to review it," says NCP MP Praful Patel


"There are a lot of flaws in this Bill."

03:19 PM IST

Those who don't support this Bill are called anti-national, says Sanjay Raut

"Since yesterday I have been hearing that those who do not support this Bill are anti-national and those who support it are nationalist," Sanjay Raut

03:18 PM IST

On what basis has December 31, 2014 decided as the cut-off date, asks BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra

"On what basis has December 31, 2014 been decided as the cut-off date, we want to know," says BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra

03:16 PM IST

If the bill gets passed, will the infiltrators be given voting rights, asks Sanjay Raut

"We have faith in our strong prime minister and home minister. But we want to know whether the infiltrators be kicked out of the country once the bill is passed? Will they be given voting rights?" Sanjay Raut says in Rajya Sabha

03:12 PM IST

CAB should be debated on the basic of humanity, says Sanjay Raut

"Citizenship (Amendment) Bill should be debated, but not on religious ground but on the basic of humanity," says Sanjay Raut.

03:09 PM IST

We know the difference between infiltrators and refugees, says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

"This isn't a Pakistani assembly. If you don't like the language of Pakistan, then isn't your government strong enough to tackle it," says Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in Rajya Sabha.


"Today, I see a lot of negative reaction on CAB coming from different corners of the country. How strong of a Hindu you are, to prove that, you don't need a certificate," he adds.


"We know the difference between infiltrators and refugees."

03:05 PM IST

Request Amit Shah to consider giving Indian citizenship to our Sri Lanka refugees, AIADMK MP

"I plead to honorable home minister, Mr. Amit Shah, to kindly include and consider giving Indian citizenship to our Sri Lanka refugees," says Vijila Satyananth, MP AIADMK.

03:00 PM IST

Government is ramming through CAB, says Chidambaram

"This government is ramming through this Bill to advance its Hindutva agenda. This is a sad day. I am absolutely clear that this law will be struck off," news agency ANI quotes P Chidambaram as saying.

02:58 PM IST

Why have you excluded Sri Lanka Hindus and Bhutanese Christians, asks P. Chidambaram

"I am confident this law will be struck off," asks P. Chidambaram at Rajya Sabha

"Why have you excluded Sri Lanka Hindus and Bhutanese Christians,"he adds.

"What we are doing today is wrecking the Constitution from within with this bill?"

02:17 PM IST

TRS opposes CAB, says it should be withdrawn

Telangana Rashtriya Samithi opposes the CAB. Says, it is anti-Muslims.

Dr. K Keshav Rao, MP Telangana Rashtra Samithi, : This bill challenges the very idea of India and negates every ideal of justice. This bill should be withdrawn

02:02 PM IST

JD(U) supports the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Ram Chandra Prasad Singh of Janata Dal (United): Our party supports the bill.

Refers to TMC's Derek O'Brien asking his party 'to stand up', says O'Brien questioned JDU's morality.

Says Bihar's NDA government giving salary as per 7th Pay Commission to teachers of madarasas.



02:01 PM IST

Samajwadi Party opposes the bill

Javed Ali Khan, Samajwadi Party: The country can not be divided on the basis of religion.

Our Govt through this Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC is trying to fulfill the dream of Jinnah, says Khan.

01:46 PM IST

AIADMK supports the bill

AIADMK is supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019

01:35 PM IST

'Today is the day to be counted': Derek O'Brien to JD(U), BJD

Today I appeal to those parties to JDU and BJP ...today is the day for you to stand up and be counted: Derek O' Brien.


"I read that PM said this will be written in golden letters.I will tell you where it will be written,it will be written on grave of the father of the nation, but which father of the nation? In Karachi, on Jinnah's grave."

First published: Dec 11, 2019 10:38 IST