The winter session of the Parliament on December 9th, 2019 witnesses an action-packed day as the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha. Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Bill amid massive opposition and protests.
The Bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who reached the Indian territory on or before December 31, 2014.
People in the Northeast including Assam have been staging protests against the bill as they believe it is an attempt by the government to nullify the 1985 Assam Accord, a result of six years of agitation against illegal settlement of immigrants in the region.
6:25 PM: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for exempting Manipur from the purview of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 by bringing in Inner Line Permit system to the State.
The Chief Minister also added that ‘the 4 decades-old movements of the people of Manipur to protect indigenous culture and identity which got intensified since 2005 has been heard and resolved”.
6:15 PM: I urge the government not to discriminate citizenship on religion if you have the guts include everyone. We will fight till the last blood against NRC in Bengal: AITC’s Abhishek Banerjee on Citizenship Bill and NRC.
6:05 PM: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma speaks on why he supports CAB.
6:00 PM: Don’t be scared of CAB. We are with you. As long as we are here nobody can impose anything on you: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kharagpur.
5:55 PM: Citizenship Bill is for persecuted minorities who have come to India. If they are here for at least 5 years, they can claim Indian citizenship. We are open to providing refugee status to many people, including refugees from Sri Lanka and Pakistan: BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav.
5:50 PM: Countering Amit Shah’s claim that Congress partitioned India based on religion, Congress MP, Manish Tewari said, “the foundation for two-nation theory was laid in 1935 in Ahmedabad by Savarkar in a Hindu Mahasabha session and not Congress.”
5:45 PM: Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for exempting the state from Citizenship Bill.
5:40 PM: There should be no agitation against the Bill and things are being politicised particularly by the Congress. There is no effect of the bill including Manipur or anywhere else, but people are being instigated: Manipur Education Minister, Thokchom Radheshyam Singh on Citizenship Bill.
5:35 PM: I urge our BJP karyakartas to stay vigilant and check the spread of misinformation. Let us all engage in discussions and deliberations with the public to remove any doubts regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill: Sarbananda Sonowal.
5:30 PM: It’s been 34 years since the Assam Accord was signed. Since then numerous governments came and went, who only indulged in power-grabbing for themselves. None of them was committed to fight for the people of Assam: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
5:25 PM: The arguments of the opposition parties against Citizenship Bill are misleading. The Bill is not about excluding anybody, rather it is about including people from minorities who have come over to India in last 7 decades: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.
5:20 PM: The bill is against Article 14, Article 15, Article 21, Article 25 and Article 26 of the Indian constitution. It is against the Indian constitution: Congress MP Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha.
5:15 PM: It is important to realise that the Citizenship Bill is for the whole of India and not only for Assam. But a section has maligned the image of the state by spreading misinformation that only Assam will have to again bear the burden of illegal immigrants: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
5:00 PM: The All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union burnt effigies of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over CAB row.
4:30 PM: Amit Shah says that the government has included Inner Line Permit(ILP) in Manipur. “I thank PM Modi on behalf of people of Manipur for fulfilling this long-standing demand”.
4:20 PM: In 1947, all refugees were accepted by the Indian constitution. There is hardly be any region of the country where refugees from West and East Pakistan didn’t settle. From Manmohan Singh ji to LK Advani ji, all belong to this category: Amit Shah at the Parliament
4:00 PM: Due to the prevailing law and order situation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 over the likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity Section 144 of CrPC imposed with immediate effect in Sonitpur.
3:05 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposes NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill.
2:59 PM: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has said that the proposed law is an attempt to end democracy in India.
2:50 PM: The Dergaon unit of AASU has continued their protest against Citizenship Bill. The protesters staged agitation with effigies of Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal.
2:45 PM: Prominent Assamese actor Jatin Bora, a member of the BJP has expressed his resentment for the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.
2:30 PM: The Bill will be discussed in the Lok Sabha after 3:30 pm. Total time of 4 hours has been allotted for the discussion.
2:20 PM: Rajya Sabha MP Birendra Prasad Baishya to oppose CAB in the Upper House on December 10th, 2019.
2:10 PM: All Assam Students’ Union(AASU) protests against Citizenship Bill with effigies of Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal, Atul Bora other BJP leaders in Guwahati.
2:05 PM: Shiv Sena supports the bill during the voting.
2:00 PM: Assamese actor Ravi Sarma who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party this August in presence of national-level BJP leaders in a meeting in GMCH auditorium resigned from the party.
1:45 PM: Assam Jatiya Bidyalay opposes Citizenship Bill, to protest against the bill with black masks today.
1:37 PM: The Lok Sabha votes in favour of the bill with 293 votes.
1:25 PM: The bill will grant citizenship to six communities residing in India under the reasonable ground of classification and it does not go against Article 14: Amit Shah.
1:15 PM: After independence, if Congress had not done partition on the basis of religion, then, today we would have not needed this Bill. Congress did partition on the basis of religion. Congress has been playing divisive politics based on religion, not us: Amit Shah.
1:00 PM: All the exams and classes scheduled on December 10th, 2019 under Cotton University is postponed and will be rescheduled. New dates will be updated soon.
12:55 PM: The bill does not contradict any article of the Indian constitution: Amit Shah.
12:52 PM: Should religion determine the nationhood? asks Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor.
12:45 PM: MP Sougata Roy of the Trinamool Congress opposed Citizenship Bill at the Lok Sabha. “The bill is divisive, violates Article 14, against the everything founding fathers of the nation.
12:40 PM: The PG and Professional examinations of Dibrugarh University scheduled on December 10th, 2019 exams have been postponed.
12:30 PM: Citizenship bill is an utter violation of Article 14. It is against the fundamental rights targeting one particular community: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhury in the parliament.
12:10 PM: Mob attack in Guwahati’s Bamunimaidan. Windows of city buses severely damaged. A police team immediately reached the spot.
12:05 PM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah tables Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha.
12:00 PM: In wake of statewide protest against the Bill, an effigy of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal with a ‘suicide note’ was found hanging in Lakhimpur.
11:50 AM: All examinations scheduled on December 10th, 2019 have been postponed by Guwahati University to ‘avoid any untoward situation’.
11:40 AM: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav says that they are against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and will oppose it at all costs.
11:25 AM: No one wants Citizenship Amendment Bill. Although the bill will be tabled in the Parliament the people of Assam will not accept the legislation and we will make sure not a single ‘foreigner’ gets citizenship in the region: KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi.
11: 20 AM: Protests intensify in Assam opposing Citizenship Bill.
11:15 AM: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) stages a protest at Jantar Mantar demanding the withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.
11:00 AM: This Bill is against the Constitution and against Hindu-Muslim unity. We will reject this Bill and not let this Bill pass: Badruddin Ajmal on Citizenship Bill.
10:50 AM: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor continues his opposition against CAB. ‘ A thousand Indian scientists have signed a strong statement deploring the Citizenship Amendment Bill. But will this bigoted Government listen? What we are objecting to is precisely what they intend. It’s not as if they don’t know what they’re doing.’ he wrote on his Twitter.
10:55 AM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Parliament. The Bill is in Lok Sabha’s ‘List of Business’ today.
10:50 AM: Indian Union Muslim League party MPs stage protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises opposing CAB.
10: 40 AM: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal hits out at the Government opposing the Citizenship Bill. He said that ‘CAB is a cab ride with a divisive driver’.
10:35 AM: Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi: The Bill is in the interest of Northeast states and the country. The Bill will get nod from both the Houses of the Parliament.
10:25 AM: Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi has written to Amit Shah, requesting him to include Shia community in CAB.
10:21 AM: The Bill will be introduced in the Lower House at 12 noon by Home Minister Amit Shah.
10:20 AM: Around 900 scientists from leading research institutions of India have strongly protested against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill. In a statement released yesterday, they said that “the use of religion as a criterion for citizenship” would mark a “radical break” with the “idea of India that emerged from the independence movement.”
10:00 AM: Protesters write with blood in protest against the Citizenship Bill in front of Guwahati University.
9:40 AM: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut recently Tweeted that immigrant Hindus must be given citizenship but not voting rights.
9:30 AM: Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MP PK Kunhalikutty has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha opposing introduction of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019.
9:00 AM: Protesters paint the newly painted walls near Janata Bhawan with Anti-CAB slogans.
8:30 AM: The All Assam Chutia Students’ Union (AACSU) has called for a 12-hour Assam bandh demanding the withdrawal today. The bandh was observed in parts of the state as most of the business establishments remained shut. The All Moran Students’ Union(AMSU) has also called for a 48-hour shut down in the state opposing the bill.
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