Posted on December 4, 2019, 1:02 PM IST
In a major set of development the Union Cabinet today collectively cleared the debatable Citizenship Amendment Bill. The Bill will now be tabled in the Lok Sabha for clearance.
The Parliament is likely to take up the Citizenship Amendment Bill next week. The controversial Citizenship Bill seeks to grant citizenship to all non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they have faced religious persecution in these adjoining countries.
Union minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday has requested BJP MPs to be in full attendance inside the Parliament when Home Minister Amit Shah tables the Citizenship Bill in Parliament.
At an official party meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, Rajnath Singh said that said 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.
Speaking on the government's decision to clear the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, "I am opposed to the Bill. It is fundamentally against the tenets of democracy. I speak for myself. We cannot discriminate on the basis of religion."
Two days before green lighting the Citizenship Bill, Amit Shah set the deadline for the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country.