Home Minister Amit Shah moves The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on Monday after a marathon discussion and division.
Home Minister Amit Shah moved the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha, saying that Indian Muslims “were, are and will remain Indian citizens”.
Moving the bill that provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Shah said minorities in the three nations do not get equal rights.
The population of minorities in these countries has reduced by as much as 20 per cent, either by way of elimination or having migrated to India, he said, adding that these migrants did not get rights to jobs and education.
The bill provides citizenship to these persecuted minorities, Amit Shah said.
Several MPs of opposition parties moved a motion to send the Citizenship Amendment Bill to the select committee of the Upper House.
The bill and the opposition motion will be put to vote after a debate on it.
Amit Shah rejected the charge of vote bank politics, saying the BJP had declared its intention to bring such a legislation in its election manifesto for the 2019 general election and won the approval of the people.
He said Indian Muslims have nothing to worry about as they “were, are and will remain Indian citizens”.
Non-Muslim minorities from three nations who came to India after Independence will be given Indian citizenship, he said, adding that Muslim migrants from the world over cannot be given citizenship.
The Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there, a little past midnight on Monday.