Parliament LIVE updates: Lok Sabha votes in favour of tabling Citizenship Bill

Parliament Winter Session 2019 LIVE Updates: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday tabled the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, in Lok Sabha that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. The home minister introduced the Bill to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act in the afternoon amid strong protests and sloganeering from Opposition leaders.

Raising concerns over the move, Leader of Opposition in the Lower House, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said, “It is nothing but targeted legislation for the minority people of our country.” Refuting the claims, Shah said “the Bill is not even .001% against minorities in the country”.

To accommodate the concerns of the people in Manipur, where the Bill has triggered widespread protests, the government is said to have worked out “alternative arrangements”. While these steps may not be a part of the Bill itself, these are likely to be announced by Amit Shah in the House. The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week.