Citizenship Amendment Bill: Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the Lok Sabha on Monday on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, reconsidered the bill and demanded the inclusion of Muslim words in it, JDU, LJP And the Biju Janata Dal supported the bill.
The Congress termed the Citizenship Amendment Bill unconstitutional and against the basic spirit of the Constitution and said that it not only discriminated on the basis of religion, but also against social tradition and international treaties. Taking part in the discussion, Manish Tiwari of Congress said, this bill is unconstitutional, against the basic spirit of the Constitution. It is also against the ideals about which Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar wrote the constitution. He said that the citizenship law has been amended eight times, but there was never as much excitement as this time. The reason for this is that it is against Articles 14, 15, 21, 25 and 26. Tiwari said that Article 14 of the constitution says that any person should look at equality before the law of India. But this bill is against the principle of equality. He said that in the Constitution, caste with anyone, It has been said not to discriminate on the basis of religion, then how can one be discriminated against while giving citizenship. The Congress MP said that from such a constitutional point of view it is not appropriate on all grounds.
Supriya Sule of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said that she is not questioning the intention of the government, but the question mark on the assumptions stands. He said that there is an insecurity among Muslims. Has the NRC failed, so the government has brought the bill? The government should focus on the concerns of the second largest community in the country. Sule said that the Home Minister spoke in the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) agreeing on the bill which is factually incorrect, as many members disagreed on it in the JPC. He questioned what was the urgent need to bring the bill. If the Northeast cannot be included now then why did the government bring it in such a hurry. The NCP member withdrew the bill and asked the government to reconsider it and said that if this bill is passed by Parliament, it will not survive in the Supreme Court.
Sharmistha Sethi of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supported the bill and said that this bill should not be linked to NRC. The government should focus on this. He also demanded inclusion of Sri Lanka in it. The BJD member suggested that the people of the Muslim community should also be included in it. Afzal Ansari of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) said that this amendment bill is contrary to the basic spirit of the constitution, so his party is opposing it. He said that in the three countries that are being talked about, religious minorities may not be treated well, but it is also a harsh truth that Muslims going from India to Pakistan are treated equally as citizens there. Is not done.
Nama Nageswara Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) opposed the bill, saying that granting citizenship on religious grounds is against the basic principle of the constitution. He also demanded inclusion of Muslim community along with other religions in the Bill. Samajwadi Party (SP) ST Hassan said that this bill seems to be playing the role of NRC, which creates an atmosphere of fear among Muslims. Opposing the bill, he sought to reconsider it and also to include Muslims in it. PK Kunhalikutty of IUML and S. Venkatesan of CPI-M also opposed the bill. Kunhalikutty said that today is a dark day for independent India and for the first time such a discrimination bill has been brought. This makes the communal agenda of the government clear.
Supporting the bill, JDU said that this bill is not against secularism in any way. JDU leader Rajeev Ranjan Singh, who participated in the discussion, said that some people in the house are devising the definition of secularism according to their own. Singh also said that people of the Northeast had some doubts regarding this bill, but now these doubts have also been dispelled. He said that this will provide great relief to those who had been waiting for justice for so long. Taking part in the discussion, YSR Congress leader Mithur Reddy said that his party supports the bill. He also expressed some concerns and said that he hoped that the government would take care of it.
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