PM Modi says Opposition speaking Pakistan's language
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on December 11, accused the Opposition of speaking Pakistan's language on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The prime minister also asserted that the legislation will be written in "golden letters" in history.
Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi, PM Modi likened the Bill to the government's decision to nullify provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and said it will provide permanent relief to minorities of neighbouring countries who arrived in India fleeing religious persecution.
He also asked his party’s Members of Parliament (MPs) to gather feedback from all sections of society -- from farmers to the poor and industrialists -- on the coming Union Budget and share the inputs with the Finance Minister.
The Bill will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on December 11. It is likely to be taken up for consideration and passing following a debate.
After having been debated for many hours, the contentious Bill was passed in the Lower House on December 9, with 334 members favouring it and 106 voting against it.
The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. According to the Bill, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution in their respective native countries, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and stand eligible for Indian citizenship.