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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.

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?"

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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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