New Delhi: Parliament on Wednesday approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill that provides for Indian citizenship to people from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India due to religious persecution from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Rajya Sabha passed this bill after detailed discussion. After passing both houses, the first petition was filed in the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The petition has been filed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). The petition states that the Constitution does not allow discrimination on the basis of religion. At the same time, IUML has also demanded an immediate ban on it. Congress veteran Kapil Sibal can plead the IUML in court regarding this matter.
Citizenship amendment bill got approval from parliament
Earlier, the citizenship amendment bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha after Lok Sabha. 125 votes were cast in favor of the bill while 105 members voted against it. The Lok Sabha has already passed this bill. Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shah said that Muslims of India were, and will remain, Indian citizens. He said that there has been a significant decrease in the population of minorities in those three countries. Shah said that the bill provides for citizenship to the victims of atrocities. Shah, while rejecting the allegations of opposition to vote bank politics regarding the objectives of this bill, assured the country that this proposed law would be applicable in the entire country including Bengal. He rejected the opposition’s allegations of the bill being against the constitution and said that the Parliament itself has been given the authority to make such a law.
Pakistani Hindus living in Delhi said that now we will be able to fly like birds
At the same time, after the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill from Rajya Sabha, there was a festive atmosphere in the settlement of Pakistani Hindus who lived in Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila area for years. He expressed his happiness by burning firecrackers, whistling and clapping. Children expressed their joy by burning firecrackers with tricolor and shouted slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Jai Hind. At the same time, the elders greeted each other and distributed sweets. A family living here named their daughter citizenship after the bill was passed by Parliament. The daughter’s grandmother Meera Das said that the girl was born on Monday and the family decided to name her citizenship which has now been passed from the Rajya Sabha. Meera also vowed to get the bill passed in the Lok Sabha and fasted that day. They said, We came to India eight years ago in search of a safe haven. This is our only home but we were sad because of not getting citizenship. Now we can proudly say that we are Indians and we can fly like a bird.