New Delhi: The citizenship amendment bill was also passed by the Rajya Sabha. The votes were 125 in favor, and 105 against. In the Rajya Sabha, the bill was debated for about 8 hours.
The bill was introduced in the Upper House by Amit Shah. The Lok Sabha has approved this bill on Monday itself.
Rajya Sabha has a total of 240 MPs, while 5 seats are vacant. In such a situation, the majority figure is 121 in a House of 240 MPs. Out of 240, 125 MPs were already in support of the Bill, while 113 MPs opposed it. 2 MPs had not made their stand clear.
Who supported: In the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, BJP-83, BJD-7, Anna DMK-11, JDU-6, nominated-4, Akali Dal-3, Independents and others- 11 MPs supported the bill.
Who opposed: Congress-46, TMC-13, SP-9, Left-6, DMK-5, TRS-6, BSP-4 voted against the bill. Another 16 of 21 MPs voted against the bill. Shiv Sena-3 did not participate in voting.
Nobody will lose their citizenship, says Amit Shah:
Responding to the debate on citizenship bill in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Home Minister Amit Shah said – this bill is not taking away citizenship of anyone. Amit Shah told the Congress, “These are sensitive matters and one should not try to derive political mileage.”
Azad said – what is the basis of selection of religions:
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said – what is the basis of the religions chosen for the bill. Why Hindus of Sri Lanka and Christians of Bhutan were not included. He said that if this bill is liked by all, then why did this situation in Assam arise, why did this situation worsen in Tripura? This is the situation in the entire North East.
Anand Sharma said- Government is in a hurry: Congress’s Anand Sharma said, “The government is in a hurry. We oppose it. The reason is constitutional and ethical, not political. The bill is against democracy and the Constitution. It is going to divide people.”
What will happen next?: After passing from both houses, the bill will now be sent to the President for approval. The President may, or may not, give his assent to it. He can also return the bill for reconsideration. He cannot refuse to give his consent if the Bill is again passed in both houses, with or without amendments made by the President. It will become law once the bill is approved by the President.