Citizenship Amendment bill to face Rajya Sabha test today

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The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was cleared by the Lok Sabha on Monday will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today.

The ruling BJP is confident of the passage of the Bill in the upper house, sources said.

The bill was comfortably passed in the Lok Sabha on late Monday night as the ruling BJP enjoys a clear majority in the house with 311 members favouring it, 80 voting against it after a heated debate.

The Shiv Sena, a former BJP ally that voted in favour of the Bill in the Lok Sabha however, had said its support in the Rajya Sabha is not certain.

“We voted yesterday to absorb various people facing brutalities in other countries, but we have asked many questions. Those questions we thought would be answered, ranging from national security to rights of locals in various states of India,” Uddhav Thackeray office tweeted on Tuesday

“If these queries are not answered, we won’t be supporting the CAB in the Rajya Sabha. Every party supporting or opposing it, is asking for clarity in national interest. Clarity must be ensured,” the statement added.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian Citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, if they fulfil conditions for grant of citizenship.