New Delhi/Guwahati, February 6, 2019
In wake of a whirlwind of protests across the state of Assam including several other Northeastern(NE) states, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) led NDA government might table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for passage in the Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019.
As per a report by The Assam Tribune, the NDA government has drummed up support after negotiations with two major parties including the Samajwadi Party(SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The NDA has also reportedly managed to garner support from several smaller regional parties. As per reports, they have support from Biju Janata Dal(BJD)-9, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK)-13, Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS)-6. The SP with 13 MPs and BSP with 4.
Meanwhile, a senior BJP MP of Assam also confirmed the development about the Centre’s move of managing the number of supporters to get the Bill passed at the Upper House.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on February 3rd, 2019, confirmed that the saffron party will bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as supplementary in the Rajya Sabha on February 12th, 2019. Earlier, the BJP leader had stated that the Centre has been looking forward a way to break the stalemate of the Bill and are finding a “middle ground” so that the Bill is passed at the Rajya Sabha.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the students’ leaders from the Northeast including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), North East Students’ Organization(NESO) having been continuing the exercise of meeting leaders of various political parties seeking their support so that the Bill is not passed in the RS.
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. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.