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CAB Debate HIGHLIGHTS: Parliament passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Parliament Winter Session 2019, Citizenship Amendment Bill HIGHLIGHTS: The Bill was passed with 125 members voting in favour of the motion and 105 voting against it.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2019 10:45:14 pm
Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday. (File)

CAB Debate 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: After a day-long debate, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with 125 members voting in favour of the motion and 105 against it. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the contentious Bill in the Upper House, which was cleared by the Lok Sabha with a 311-80 margin at 12.02 am Tuesday. He also sought to quell the Opposition’s allegations which called the Bill anti-Muslim, saying that the Bill will have no implications on Indian Muslims.

Calling it a dark day in the Constitutional history of India, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi said, “The passage of the CAB marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism. The Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India.”

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, in reply to Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement that no Muslim needs to worry over Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, said that no Indian Muslim is scared of the current regime. “You made a very objectionable statement earlier. Which Muslim fears you? No Indian Muslim fears from you. Neither I nor any other citizen of the country is scared of you. We fear only from the Constitution of the country,” he said.

Speaking for the first time in the Parliament after coming out of Tihar Jail, Congress leader P Chidambaram Wednesday slammed the government in Rajya Sabha for pushing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 (CAB) in order to further its ‘Hindutva’ agenda. He also said the Parliamentarians, who are the elected representatives of the job, are burdening the other three pillars of the Constitution by going ahead with this Bill.

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Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha Wednesday. Here are the day' HIGHLIGHTS.

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    21:21 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Dreams of crores of deprived and victimised people comes true today: Amit Shah

    As the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passes in the Parliament, the dreams of crores of deprived and victimised people has come true today. Grateful to PM Narendra Modi ji for his resolve to ensure dignity and safety for these affected people. I thank everyone for their support.

    21:19 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Gratitude to all MPs who voted in favour of Citizenship bill: PM Modi

    PM Modi: A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #RajyaSabha. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill. This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years.

    21:05 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Shiv Sena not voting on CAB welcome development: Chidambaram

    P Chidambaram, Congress: Shiv Sena not voting for the Bill after voting for it in Lok Sabha, is a welcome development. (ANI)

    21:03 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Dark day in the Constitutional history: Sonia Gandhi

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on CAB: Today marks a dark day in the Constitutional history of India. The passage of the CAB marks the victory of narrow minded and bigoted forces over India's pluralism. The Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India.

    20:54 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 passed in Rajya Sabha

    Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha by 125 ayes to 105 noes.

    20:25 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Shiv Sena MPs leave the House as voting begins on Citizenship bill

    Shiv Sena MPs are not present in the Rajya Sabha. Voting for the amendments to Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 are currently underway in the House.

    20:17 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha votes against sending CAB to select committee

    Rajya Sabha votes against sending CAB to the select committee. Final vote count on sending citizenship amendment bill to select committee comes to 124 against, 99 in favour after considering paper votes. 

    20:01 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Voting on sending Citizenship bill to select committee to begin

    In Rajya Sabha, voting on sending Citizenship bill to select committee to begin.

    19:35 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Why Pakistan PM's comment and Congress' comment are alike: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah on CAB in Rajya Sabha: Pakistan PM's comment and Congress' comment - both are alike. Why are you rattled when I talk about Pakistan?

    19:28 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Neither CAB nor Article 370 is anti-Muslim: Shah

    Amit Shah on CAB in Rajya Sabha: Neither CAB is anti-Muslim, nor abrogation of Article 370 is anti-Muslim, Triple Talaq Bill is not anti-Muslim either. Triple Talaq is the Bill to give rights to crores of Muslim women in the country.

    19:23 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Will not touch Article 371F: Amit Shah on CAB

    Amit Shah on Sri Lankan Tamils in Rajya Sabha: Sikkim will continue to enjoy rights under Article 371F, no dilution.

    19:14 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    What happened overnight that you changed your stand overnight: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah on Shiv Sena's changed stand on CAB: "I am surprised how people change colours for the greed of power. In Lok Sabha, Shiv Sena supported this bill but now not only me, but the people of Maharashtra also want to know what happened overnight that they have changed their stand."

    18:58 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Spirit of Liaquat–Nehru Pact was not followed by neighbours: Amit Shah on CAB

    Amit Shah on Citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha: The spirit of Liaquat–Nehru Pact, was not followed by the neighbouring country. It is the duty of every government to follow it in letter and spirit.

    18:55 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah: 13,000 Hindus, Sikhs Pakistani migrants given citizenship during Congress rule

    Amit Shah: 13,000 Hindus, Sikhs migrants from Pakistan given relief and citizenship during Congress rule.

    18:53 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah on CAB: Article 14 does not prohibit law based on reasonable classification

    Equality guaranteed in Article 14 does not prohibit law based on reasonable classification, says Home Minister Amit Shah defending Citizenship Bill.

    18:50 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah on Oppn's protest against CAB: Focus only on why Muslims are not included

    Amit Shah on Citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha: 'There is no appreciation of the fact people from 6 religions have been included. But, the focus is only on why Muslims are not included.'

    'Kapil Sibal was saying that no Indian Muslim is scared of us. But when did I say that they need to fear in the first place? They should not worry about #CAB as it does not affect them.'

    18:42 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    We do not need to divert the attention of the nation: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah on Citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha: "We do not need to divert the attention of the people. We brought this Bill in 2015, this bill was passed in Lok Sabha, went to JPC and then was stalled in Rajya Sabha."

    Replying to Ghulam Nabi's Azad's statement that the government is trying to divert the attention of the country through CAB, Shah said.,"Hum chunavi rajneeti apne dum par ladte hain, apne neta ki popularity par ladte hain aur jeet te hain (We fight the electoral politics on our own might, on our leader's popularity and win them)."

    "But when it comes to the solution of country's problems, we believe it is the responsibility of the government and we do it as well."

    18:31 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    'Rectifying historic wrong...this Bill due to Partition': Amit Shah

    Amit Shah on Citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha: If partition had not taken place, then there would have been no need to bring this bill. If this bill was brought 50 years ago, then the situation had not been so severe today.

    18:22 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah replies to questions of Parliamentarians in Rajya Sabha.

    Home Minister Amit Shah is replying to questions of Parliamentarians in Rajya Sabha.

    18:15 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    North-East is burning, then how come the Bill is acceptable, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

    Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: "Muslim women made to stand in a queue and were shot in Afghanistan for not wearing burqa. Was this not persectution?"

    "The Home Ministry says it does not have the number of people facing persecution in neighbouring countries. You don't have the statistics and the home minister is saying from last 3 days that crores of people are facing persecution."

    "In assam's dibrugarh, why the army march is taking place, why tear gas and shells are being used on people? Why the buses in Guwahati are being burned? If these states are protesting, then how come you are saying this Bill is acceptable to the people?"

    17:52 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Govt wants to hide its insidious agenda of Hindu Rashtra through CAB: CPI(M)'s K K Ragesh

    K K Ragesh, CPI(M) on Citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha: The home minister was saying the Bill is for persecuted minorities in neighbouring countries. Why do they not cover Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Tamils in Sri Lanka and Ahmedis in Pakistan?

    "The government wants to hide its insidious agenda of Hindu Rashtra by dividing this society in the name of religion."

    17:43 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Bill introduced in Lok Sabha to sentence abusers of senior citizens to six months in jail

    Those who intentionally abuse their parents or senior citizens under their care and protection or abandon them may be sentenced to six months' imprisonment or slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 or both, according to a bill introduced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

    The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019, piloted by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot in the House, also has provisions for the elderly to claim maintenance and for mandatory registration of senior citizens care homes and other such institutions which will have to comply with prescribed minimum standards. (PTI)

    17:23 (IST)11 Dec 2019

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    17:16 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Congress confused between CAB and NRC, misleading the House, says Subramanian Swamy

    BJP's Subramanian Swamy: "Congress seems confused between CAB and NRC and have misled the House in some way."

    "If you look at the percentage of Hindus and Sikhs and other non-Muslim religion in 1952 in Pakistan, we see a large decline in their population. Same thing is in Bangladesh. We see news about their persecution on a daily basis."

    16:40 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    JD(S) opposes the Bill, calls for refering it to select committee

    Opposing the Citizenship bill, JD(S) calls for sending the Bil to the select committee.

    16:38 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    YSRCP supports Citizenship bill

    YSRCP, V Vijaysai Reddy on CAB: We support this Bill. We believe in giving citizenship to those people who face persecution in their country and live in inhumane conditions. However, the government should consider giving citizenship to those minorities among the Muslim community such as Boras and Ahmedis and face persecution in their country.

    16:31 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    CAB against Babasaheb's Constitution: AAP's Sanjay Singh

    Sanjay Singh, AAP in Rajya Sabha, on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019: I am opposing this Bill as it is against the Constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. It is against the Preamble of the Constitution. It is against the India of the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh.

    16:30 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Protest against CAB: FIR against AMU students for defying Sec 144

    An FIR has been registered against 20 students of the Aligarh Muslim University in connection with their protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill, and security has been beefed up in the campus, a senior official said on Wednesday.

    Rapid Action Force has been deployed at the entry points to the University campus, where an uneasy calm prevailed.

    The police on Tuesday night filed a report against 20 student leaders and 500 other unnamed persons for defying prohibitory orders under Section 144 and holding a protest near Faiz Gate in the campus.

    AMU student leaders said that their protests are "totally peaceful" and it is their "democratic right" to raise a voice against the Bill which is not just against the letter and spirit of the Constitution but is designed to polarise Indian people on communal lines and divide the country. (PTI)

    16:21 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    If the Citizenship bill is passed, it will become black chapter in the annals of house: Vaiko

    Vaiko, MDMK in Rajya Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019: If this obnoxious, abominable, undemocratic, unreasonable, unpardonable, unjustifiable, unconstitutional Bill is passed today in this Council of State, it will become a black chapter in the annals of this Upper House.

    16:07 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    No Indian Muslim is scared of you: Kapil Sibal to Amit Shah

    Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Amit Shah's statement that the Muslims should not be worried in the country: You are trying to decide who is going to stay in the country and who is not based on a person's name. (To Amit Shah) You made a very objectionable statement earlier. Which Muslim fears you? No Indian Muslim fears from you. Neither I nor any other citizen of the country is scared of you. We fear only from the Constitution of the country.

    15:58 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Savarkar, not Congress, perpetuated two nation theory: Kapil Sibal

    Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Home Minister Amit Shah's statement "CAB wouldn't have been needed if Congress hadn't allowed partition on basis of religion": "I don't understand which history books the home minister has read. The two-nation theory is not our theory. It was perpetrated by Savarkar. Even B R Ambedkar said that instead of being against each other, Jinnah and Savarkar were in agreement that there were two different nations based on religion."

    "I request the Home Minister to withdraw that allegation because we in Congress believe in that one nation, you don't believe in that."

    15:53 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    JDU should spare a thought for people who reposed faith in them in 2015: Prashant Kishor

    In a tweet, Prashant Kishore said: While supporting CAB, the JDU leadership should spare a moment for all those who reposed their faith and trust in it in 2015. We must not forget that but for the victory of 2015, the party and its managers wouldn’t have been left with much to cut any deal with anyone.

    15:47 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Govt is targeting the Muslims through triple talaq bill, CAB: PDP MP Mir Fayaz

    Mir M Fayaz, J&K PDP in Rajya Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill2019: I stand to oppose this Bill. Since this govt has come to power, the way it has brought bills like Triple Talaq and Article 370-Muslims have been targeted. This government is targeting the Muslims ever since it has come to power.

    15:46 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Not only Hindus, but many Muslims also came to India after 1971: Praful Patel, NCP

    Praful Patel, NCP: We oppose this Bill. Not only Hindus,  but many Muslims also came from East Pakistan to India after its partition. Therefore, it would be foolish to base this Bill on religion. 

    15:33 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Citizenship bill an attack on secular and democratic character of India: Kerala CM

    In a tweet, Kerala CM P Vijayan said, "The Citizenship Amendment Bill is an attack on the secular and democratic character of India. The move to decide citizenship on the basis of religion amounts to a rejection of the Constitution. It will only take our country backward. Our hard-fought freedom is at stake."

    15:32 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Citizenship bill is unintelligent, unreasonable: Manoj Jha, RJD

    Manoj Kumar Jha, RJD: During JPC, it was suggested by experts that the word religion should be dropped from the bill and persecuted minority should be used in its place. It was set aside for no reason.

    Addressing Home Minister Amit Shah, Jha said, "I am sitting in your opposition, but that does not make me your enemy. I beseech you in the name of const think once you might be committing a great blunder."

    "A state that persecutes does not differentiate between A, B, and C. Mr. Chidambaram also said persecution is of many types, mostly on the basis of political belief. And there is no place for atheists as well.

    "This bill is unintelligent different and unreasonable classification."

    15:31 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    The school which you study in, we are the headmaster of that: Sanjay Raut on Hindutva

    Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: "We don't need any certificate on our nationalism or Hindutva. The school which you study in, we are the headmaster of that. Our headmasters were Balasaheb Thackeray, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. We believe in all three of them."

    15:20 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Sanjay Raut: No politics should be done on accepting the refugees

    Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena in Rajya Sabha: We have a lot of expectations from our prime minister and home minister. But will they exclude the illegal migrants out of this country after the CAB is passed? If you are accepting the refugees then there should be no politics over that. Will they get voting rights?

    14:54 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    Govt is ramming through this bill in order to advance its Hindutva agenda: Chidambaram

    P Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha: 'We have a citizenship pact in our country which recognises citizenship by birth, descent, registration, naturalisation, and by incorporation of territory. Now this govt is introducing a new category called citizenship by arbitrary executive feat.''Is it constitutional or not? What we are doing here is pushing this issue to the judiciary. Parliamentarians, who are the elected representatives of the people, are asked to do something unconstitutional and then the judiciary will decide what is constitutional or not.''This govt is ramming through this bill in order to advance its Hindutva agenda.'

    14:32 (IST)11 Dec 2019
    CAB should be withdrawn without giving it a second thought: TRS's Keshava Rao

    TRS MP Keshava Rao: What is the fear in Assam today? The fear is that some may not remain a citizen of this nation. We agree that that persecuted religious minorities should be protected, but no community should be excluded. There is no need to have a second thought on this bill, rather this bill should be withdrawn.

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    Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:

    The government on Wednesday proposed sending the Personal Data Protection Bill to a joint select committee of both the Houses of Parliament amid protests by the opposition, which said the right of privacy of citizens is being compromised.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014.

    While government sources said they were confident of getting the Bill through, Opposition members said they would “make them bleed” with the TMC alone planning to move 20 amendments.

    With the BJP’s 83 MPs and those of its allies, such as JD(U) and SAD (3) and others — regional parties such as AIADMK (11), BJD (7) and YSR Congress (2) are favourably inclined — the government is eyeing at least 128 votes in its support, without the Sena. This calculation leaves the Opposition, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, SP, Left parties and others — the TRS voted against the Bill in Lok Sabha — with 112 votes.

    While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Bill will be written in "golden letters" in history, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the Bill is an attempt by “Modi-Shah Govt to ethnically cleanse the North East" and a "criminal attack" on the region.

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