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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:

12:21 PM IST

CAB not applicable to Scheduled Tribes

This bill won't be applicable to Scheduled Tribes, Citizenship Bill not to apply in Mizoram : Amit Shah

12:19 PM IST

'Indian Muslims needn't worry': Amit Shah

Muslims who are citizens of India will remain so, won't be discriminated against: Amit Shah

Can't give citizenship to Muslims from other countries.

Muslims of India needn't worry, misinformation has been spread that this bill is against Muslims in India, don't be misled by anyone: Amit Shah

This is Narendra Modi's government working according to Constitution ,minorities will get full protection: Amit Shah

12:13 PM IST

Amit Shah explains CAB in the House

Amit Shah is explaining the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the House. Says, religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh Afghanistan who have come to India will be given Indian citizenship.

12:12 PM IST

The bill was mentioned in BJP manifesto

Amit Shah: We had said in our manifesto that we will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill. Today we are giving it a legal structure.

12:11 PM IST

'20% decline in population of religious minorities in Pak and B'desh'

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: "There has been an almost 20% decline each in population of religious minorities in both Pakistan and present day Bangladesh. Either they were killed or they fled to India for shelter."

12:02 PM IST

Amit Shah moves Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

Union home minister Amit Shah asks the Rajya Sabha to consider the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019. Amendments to the Bill being moved by the MPs.

He has tabled the bill in the Upper House.

12:02 PM IST

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

Proceedings in Rajya Sabha resume after the House was earlier adjourned.

12:02 PM IST

'CAB an attempt to ethnically cleanse North East': Rahul Gandhi

Ahead of the CAB being tabled in the Upper House, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the bill "attempt by Modi-Shah govt to ethnically cleanse the North East."

In a tweet, the Wayanad LS Member of Parliament said, "The CAB is a attempt by Modi-Shah Govt to ethnically cleanse the North East. It is a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and the idea of India.

I stand in solidarity with the people of the North East and am at their service."

11:42 AM IST

Five MPs on leave on health grounds in Rajya Sabha

Five MPs are on leave on health grounds in Rajya Sabha. They are Majid Memon of NCP, Amar Singh, MP Virendra Kumar, Anil Baluni andMoti Lal Vora.

Congress MP Moti Lal Vora might turn up for voting

11:32 AM IST

Union home minister Amit Shah arrives in Parliament

Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Parliament. He will table the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, in Rajya Sabha at 12 noon today.

11:32 AM IST

TRS lawmakers seek release of GST, protest at Parliament premises

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MPs protested in Parliament premises, seeking release of GST dues to Telangana state from the Centre.

11:18 AM IST

'We have to clear doubts on this bill': Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

Talking to reporters about the Citizenship Bill outside the Parliament, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, "We have to clear our doubts on this bill. If we don't get satisfactory answers, then our stand could be different from what we took in Lok Sabha."

Raut also said that the bill has nothing for Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka. "Votebank politics should not be played, its not correct. Don't attempt to create a Hindu-Muslim divide again. Also nothing in this bill for Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka."

11:14 AM IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon following uproar by Telugu Desam Party and other opposition parties over delay in release of GST payments to states.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, is scheduled to be tabled in the Upper House at 12 noon.

11:10 AM IST

PM Modi wants suggestions from farmers etc to be given to FM

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi, after BJP parliamentary party meeting, told reporters, "PM Modi asked all MPs to take suggestions of farmers, traders and businessmen in their respective constituencies and give that feedback to Finance Minister."

<p>PM Modi wants suggestions from farmers etc to be given to FM</p>
BJP parliamentary party meeting took place in Parliament premises, Dec 11, 2019.
11:07 AM IST

'Oppn speaking Pak language on CAB', says PM Modi: Sources

"Opposition speaking language of Pakistan on Citizenship Bill", news agency PTI reports PM Modi as saying at the BJP meeting quoting sources.

First published: Dec 11, 2019 10:38 IST