Amid protests and oppositions, the Union Cabinet on December 4th, 2019 gave a nod to the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The proposed legislation which was lapsed in the Lower House this year is likely to be introduced in the Parliament on December 10th, 2019.
If reports are to be believed there is a strong possibility that the bill might come into force as continuous meetings are being presided with the Northeastern(NE) groups, political parties, student bodies on the proposed Bill to listen to their views who have been allaying fears.
In Assam, the proposed amendment has raised concerns that it would nullify the 1985 Assam Accord, which had fixed March 24th, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants. The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31st, 2014.
It may be mentioned that according to Article 6 of the Constitution the cut-off date for migration to India from Pakistan is July 19th, 1948, whereas, in Assam, that borders Bangladesh, is March 24th, 1971.
Rajnath Singh on December 3rd, 2019 was quoted as saying that the three neighbouring countries were essentially Islamic nations and so it is non-Muslims and not Muslims who are at the receiving end of religious persecution there.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor expressed his opposition and said, “It is fundamentally against the tenets of democracy. Cant discriminate on basis of religion.”.
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