Guwahati, February 13, 2019
The last day of the Budget session of the 16th Lok Sabha is expected to be stormy as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament on February 13th, 2019. The Bill is bound to lapse if the Rajya Sabha fails to pass it on February 13th, 2019.
The opposition parties have raised objections over the listing of the Citizenship Bill without consultation. If the Rajya Sabha does not pass the Bill on February 13th, 2019, it will lapse on the dissolution of Lok Sabha and would have to be cleared by the next Lok Sabha again.
The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was listed to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019 amid protests in the Northeast. The Bill was to be moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Upper House.
It may be recalled that the Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019 and if cleared in Rajya Sabha, it will become a law. The passage of the Bill at the Lok Sabha has led to widespread protests in Assam and the other northeastern states.
Northeast remains restive
A large number of people gathered in Mizoram capital Aizawl to protest against the Citizenship Bill. After internet services were banned in Manipur, now authorities have imposed prohibitory orders in Imphal East and West districts for an indefinite time period in view of the violent protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Section 144 CrPc was also imposed in Manipur on February 11th, 2019.A
A delegation of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and Asom Gana Parishad besides representatives from All Assam Students’ Union, North East Students’ Organisation and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti are in New Delhi meeting leaders to seek support against the Bill.