Lok Sabha votes in favour of introduction of Citizenship Amendment Bill 

WION Web Team New Delhi Dec 09, 2019, 02.03 PM(IST)

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The bill was received 293 'Ayes' in favour of the introduction of against 82 'Noes'. 

Lok Sabha on Monday voted in favour of the introduction of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). 

The bill received 293 'Ayes' in favour of introduction of the bill against 82 'Noes'. 

Earlier Union Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the contentious bill in the Lok Sabha and said that in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains have been discriminated against and this will give these persecuted people citizenship.

The allegation that this bill will take away rights of Muslims is wrong, he added.

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''If Congress had not done partition on the basis of religion after independence, we would have not needed this Bill. Congress did partition on the basis of religion,'' Shah further said.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Lower House of the Parliament earlier this year but lapsed with the term of the previous Lok Sabha.

If passed by Parliament, it will amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 introducing exceptional provisions for acquiring citizenship for non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.