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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:

01:35 PM IST

'This govt good at making promises, but better at breaking promises'

Derek O'Brien says home minister said nobody need worry. But says, there is cause for worry. Refers to demonetisation, calls it hoax;

Says, This govt is very good at making promises, it is even better at breaking promises.

01:27 PM IST

'Criticising CAB on legitimate ground: Derek O'Brien

Derek O'Brien: We are criticising this bill on legitimate ground. Says, this political party talks of right but its roots are in lies and jumla.

Says, today a big lie is being propagated to sound like truth.

01:22 PM IST

TMC's Derek O'Brien speaks in RS on Citizenship Bill

Derek O'Brien of Trinamool Congress begins by speaking in Bangla. Says he will speak in English after that. Opposing the bill.

Says, he has had four years to prepare for speaking on this (CAB) bill.

01:16 PM IST

'Bill in national interest': JP Nadda

JP Nadda: This bill is in national interest. Quotes Manmohan Singh during a previous Parliament session speaking in favour of the Citizenship Bill.

'This bill not in interest of any particular party or region but in the interest of the country.'

01:00 PM IST

BJP's JP Nadda speaking on CAB in Rajya Sabha

BJP leader JP Nadda speaking on the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. Congratulates home minister for bringing the bill in Parliament.

12:58 PM IST

Proposal tomorrow that JAC should deliberate on Data Protection Bill: RS Prasad in Lok Sabha

Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha: We will bring a proposal tomorrow that a joint select committee of both the Houses should hold deliberations on Data Protection Bill.

12:57 PM IST

No lunch break in RS today

There will be no lunch break today in Rajya Sabha, as debate on Citizenship Amendment Bill is underway.

12:55 PM IST

Anand Sharma asks home minister not to hurry in passing the bill

Anand Sharma. referring to a BBC documentary on detention centres in Assam, asks home minister if there will be detention centres in the whole country. Says conditions in these centres are very bad.

Anand Sharma says, "In our religion, we believe in rebirth,and that we meet our elders. So if Sardar Patel meets Modi ji then he will be very angry with him, Gandhi ji will, of course, be sad, but Patel will be indeed very angry."

Quotes Mahatma Gandhi, tells home minister there should not be any hurry in passing the bill.

12:55 PM IST

Party manifesto can't be above Constitution: Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma: Amendments should be after discussion.

Refers to Amit Shah mentioning the BJP manifesto during CAB debate. But, says, that a manifesto can't be above the country's Constitution.

12:44 PM IST

This bill of yours fails constitutionality test: Anand Sharma hits at govt

Anand Sharma says, it was Veer Savarkar who said "he had no objection to MA Jinnah's proposal of a two-nation theory".

Says, whenever there was an amendment, it was never done on the basis of religion. That is why I said it is against Article 14."

"this bill of yours fails the constitutionality test', says Anand Sharma

12:44 PM IST

'Wrong to blame Cong for India's Partition': Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma: "India's partition was due to an act of the British Parliament. It is wrong to blame Congress for it."

12:37 PM IST

'CAB hurts soul of India': Congress MP Anand Sharma

Congress MP Anand Sharma: We oppose the bill, our opposition is not political, ....the bill is an assault on Republic of India, hurts the soul of India. It is against our democracy and Constitution, fails the morality test,

12:28 PM IST

Six hours allocated to discuss CAB

RS Chairman says six hours have been allocated to debate the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

12:28 PM IST

Will answer queries and doubts of members with patience: Amit Shah

Amit Shah assures members that all their queries and doubts will be answered by him, says he is ready to do it.

Adds, the moment this bill is passed, it will be new beginning and a new day for those who have been persecuted.

12:36 PM IST

'Govt will protect your rights': Amit Shah to Assam

Amit Shah says, want to assure all native citizens of Assam that the BJP and Modi govt will look after your rights.

"In 1985, Assam accord happened. There is a provision in clause 6 to protect indigenous culture of the state. I want to assure that NDA government through committee to supervise clause 6 will protect rights of Assam. All Assam Students' Union is part of committee."

First published: Dec 11, 2019 10:38 IST