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Citizenship amendment bill to be tabled in Indian parliament

  • Published at 11:32 pm January 2nd, 2019
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File photo: People wait to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Goroimari of Kamrup district in the Indian state of Assam on January 1, 2018 AFP

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced in India’s lower house (Lok Sabha) in July, 2016 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP Government

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be tabled in the Indian parliament on January 7 this year, India’s former Union minister Kabindra Purkayastha -also a senior BJP leader in Assam - told reporters in the state’s Cachar district on Tuesday.

“The opposition wanted amendments to the Bill. However, those amendments went against the intent of the Bill. For example, Congress Parliamentarian and a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for the Citizenship Bill asked for excluding Bangladesh from the Bill. But the 4 million names, which have been left out from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update have come mainly from Bangladesh,” said the former Union minister.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was introduced in India’s lower house (Lok Sabha) in July, 2016 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP Government. The Bill aims to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who left Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to escape religious persecution.

“We have kept our promises. Congress and all have opposed. Once the Bill comes, it does not matter if anyone is listed in NRC or not,” Purkayastha added.