Breaking | Citizenship Bill stalled in Rajya Sabha

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Guwahati/New Delhi, January 9: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was stalled at the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday following strong opposition from the Congress, Trinamool Congress along with other parties.

The Bill was tabled at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Slogan shouting Congress members trooped into the well of the House protesting against the Bill.

As per latest reports, the Bill will now be discussed during the interim budget session of the Parliament which will be held from January 22 to February 13.

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Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the violence in Northeast over the Bill.

“The opposition is trying to create confusion over the Bill. The government is trying its best to ensure peace in Northeast. The Centre will find for a solution with the people,” said Singh.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

Singh also said that the Centre will hold a meeting with chief ministers of the affected states, if situation arises. “We brought the bill so that immigrants can overcome their situations. These are people who are seeking shelter due to religious persecutions,” he said.