New Delhi, January 8: As the debate over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was going on in the Parliament on Tuesday, Trinamool Congress (TMC) staged a theatric protest in the Parliament lawns and presented a skit.
The group was dressed as lawmakers clad in black ensembles, pretending to cower in fear while another artist wearing a Narendra Modi mask hit them repeatedly with a stick.
The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday after voting.
During the debate, Prof Sougata Roy, MP from TMC said, “If the Bill is passed, Assam will burn. The Bill will burn not in Assam but the whole of the Northeast. There is a divisive nature to this Bill and that the select committee had shot down all suggested amendments. Muslims are not included among the six religions mentioned in the bill…make it secular. I oppose this Bill. I want this withdrawn.”
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.
“As a humanitarian nation, the Bill should be secular. The Bill should also mention immigrants from Sri Lanka and Nepal, a suggestion they had made to the JPC that reviewed the Bill, but it was shot down,” he added.
Roy concluded his talk by urging the Speaker to intervene. “When the Constitution is being threatened, the Speaker should speak up,” Roy said to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Later, the TMC members walked out of the House.