Amit Shah to table Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha at 2 PM, six hours allotted for debate

Amit Shah to table Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha at 2 PM, six hours allotted for debate

EC News Desk

New Delhi, December 11, 2019: The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, will be tabled in Rajya Sabha today (Wednesday) afternoon, two days after the legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha. The CAB, which has sharply divided discourse in the country, will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha at around 2pm. This is expected to be followed by a debate in the Upper House, which, considering Monday's Lok Sabha discussion could be fiery and heated. Six hours have been allocated to debate the bill in the House.

The ruling BJP is confident that the legislation will be passed by the Upper House with a comfortable majority. The BJP-led NDA is expecting 124-130 votes in the Upper House which has an effective strength of 240 members and 121 is the halfway mark. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Those who came to India before December 31, 2014, will be granted the citizenship of India. The bill relaxes the requirement of residence in India from 11 years to six years for these migrants.