BJP bringing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for 'cheap' political gains: TMC

Violators of the law could be punished with a minimum fine of Rs 5,000 or three months jail term or both

Violators of the law could be punished with a minimum fine of Rs 5,000 or three months jail term or both

The citizenship amendment bill aims to provide citizenship to those who were forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries-primarily Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

"We will support the bill as it is against the infiltrators and will also help give citizenship rights to persecuted Hindus, Jains and Buddhists living in Pakistan and Bangladesh". "The two BJP MLAs should make clear their stand on the matter and reject the decision of the Centre", Sawkmie said. Stating that there can not be two categories of citizens in the county, he added that there is no data as to how many foreigners would be availing citizenship of the country after amendment of the Citizenship Act based on CAB.

Another Shiv Sena MP, Anil Desai, confirmed to ThePrint that the party will support it. We have certain reservations about the bill and we will inform the Union government about those. "They are twisting and misinterpreting and it is reflective of their intention and now we will have to see as to what is the actual stand of the government", he said.

Just before leaving for Delhi, the MANPAC held a press conference in Imphal where its convener Yumnamcha Dilipkumar reasserted its firm stand against the Bill.

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The Congress, NCP and Lalu Yadav's RJD have criticised the bill, saying the Constitution does not differentiate on the basis of religion.

Guwahati: As the Northeast intensifies stir against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the inner line permit areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram have been kept out of the purview of the amended Citizenship Bill including regions under the Sixth Schedule in the Northeast. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had yesterday told BJP parliamentarians that the bill is top priority, as important as the Article 370 move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP leaders are quite confident of its smooth passage as they are hopeful of getting the support of the JD (U), the AIADMK, among others, in the Rajya Sabha.

The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, is expected to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday, setting the stage for a confrontation between the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Congress-led Opposition.

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