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By S Vikram | Dec 12, 2019 01:59 PM

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB was cleared by the Union Cabinet on 4 December 2019, passed by Lok Sabha on 10 December 2019 (with 311 votes against 80) and Rajya Sabha on 11 December 2019. The bill provides privileges to acquire Indian Citizenship for non-Muslims of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Minutes of Citizenship amendment act and amit shah\'s reply

The bill will be sent to President of India for his approval which was voted in favour by 125 lawmakers against 105. On 11 December 2019, the CAB was passed after 6 hours of debate allocated by Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Other parties to support the bill are D(U), SAD, AIADMK, BJD, TDP and YSR-Congress. Shiv Sena did not take part in the voting.

Opposition and Amit Shah's Retaliation

While a lot of opposition voices raised against the passage of CAB, Amit Shah quoted the Nehru-Liaquat Pact of 1950. Shah mentioned Muhammad Ali Jinnah's terms of partition on religious lines and asked “I want to ask, why did Congress accept Jinnah’s terms of Partition?”. Further, he ensured that the Bill did not harm any Indian Muslims. 

“It is about granting citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries…I don’t want any Muslim to be scared…This Bill does not harm Indian Muslims at all; what could their problem be (with the Bill) in giving citizenship to refugees from these countries, the persecuted minorities? …Indian Muslims are citizens of the country and will remain so…Muslims have no need to fear or worry,” Amit Shah said in his speech. 

அரசியல், விளையாட்டு, நாட்டுநடப்பு, குற்ற சம்பவங்கள், வர்த்தகம், தொழில்நுட்பம், சினிமா, வாழ்க்கை முறை என பலதரப்பட்ட சுவாரஸ்யமான செய்திகளை தமிழில் படிக்க இங்கு கிளிக் செய்யவும்