‘Some parties speaking same language as Pakistan on Citizenship Bill’: PM Modi at BJP meet

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said some political parties were speaking the same language as Pakistan on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Addressing BJP MPs at parliamentary meeting, Modi likened the bill to the government’s decision to nullify Article 370 and said it will provide permanent relief to people of neighbouring countries who arrived in India fleeing religious persecution.

He asserted that the legislation will be written in “golden letters” in history.

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 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.