NEWDELHI – The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha, after rejecting the Opposition’s objections over its introduction. The Bill was introduced after the division of votes in the House. 293
members voted in favour of introducing the bill while 82 voted against the move. Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in the House amidst uproar by the opposition members. The legislation is intended to amend the existing law in order to grant an exemption to illegal migrants in selected categories. Introducing the Bill, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah said that the Bill is not against minorities and does not violate Article 14 of the constitution.
Congress, TMC and DMK members opposed the introduction of the Bill in the House. Congress leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it is regressive and violates Article 14 of the constitution. RSP leader, N K
Premchandran also opposed the Bill saying it violates the basic feature of the Constitution. Professor Saugata Roy of TMC also opposed Bill’s introduction. Talking to media outside Parlia ment House, Parliamentary
Affairs Minister, Pralhad Joshi said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill,2019 is in the interests of the Northeastern States and the country. Joshi expressed confidence