New Delhi: The federal government on Monday launched the controversial Citizenship (Modification) Invoice, 2019 within the Lok Sabha regardless of objection raised by the opposition events calling the transfer “fundamentally unconstitutional” and “violation” of Article 14 of the Indian structure and others.
Following over an hour debate on Invoice’s legislative competence if it may be taken or not, the decrease Home allowed it after the division of votes with 293 in its favour and 82 towards.
Introducing the Invoice, Union House Minister Amit Shah rejected allegations of opposition members, saying “I assure that the Bill does not violate any Article of the Indian Constitution and that any citizen will not be deprived of their rights”.
“Every citizen has been given place in the Bill on the basis of reasonable classification.”
He mentioned that the Invoice seeks to offer Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
The Minister mentioned that the Invoice has been launched after analyzing the structure of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Referring to the Nehru-Liaquat settlement signed in 1950 after the partition of India and Pakistan, Shah mentioned it was agreed to guard the rights of minorities however solely India adopted it however Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists confronted atrocities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
“The Bill is for those minorities who faced religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.”
The Minister clarified because the Muslim group was not persecuted within the three Islamic nations, the Invoice particularly mentions to offer citizenship to 6 non secular persecuted minorities.
“The people of the six minority communities who migrated to India following religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship as per this Bill. They are being given citizenship on the basis of reasonable classification. The Bill does not violate Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.”
However, Shah mentioned, the Invoice just isn’t towards the Muslim group and that if any Muslim seeks citizenship in India primarily based on guidelines he can be entertained as per the Article of the Invoice.
Main opposition events, together with Congress, Trinamool Congress, Revolutionary Socialist Celebration, Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen and Indian Union Muslim League, opposed the Invoice citing numerous Articles of Indian Structure.