KOHIMA, Feb 12 (NEPS): In the midst of the unprecedented intensified protests in the Northeast against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (CAB), Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will move the Bill in the Rajya Sabha at 12 noon today.
According to the legislative business to be transacted today in the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is to move that the Bill further to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, as passed by the Lok Sabha, be taken taken up for consideration. And then he will move the Bill to be passed.
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to persons belonging to minority communities, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Mizoram have already threatened to quit NDA if the CAB is passed in the Rajya Sabha, and, they have been instrumental in mobilizing supports from the Northeast political parties to fight against the controversial Bill.
One of the major ruling allies in the BJP-led Government in Assam, AGP, has already left the government in protest against the Bill.
As the protest over CAB intensifies across the Northeast, Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika’s family has decided to turn down the Bharat Ratna conferred to him earlier this year by the Modi government.
Noted Manipur filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma has already declared that he would return Padma Shri in protest against Citizenship Bill.
“It would be morally wrong to keep an award from a government that does not seem to be heeding the concerns of the people about the controversial Bill,” he said.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Assam, he was greeted with back flags and naked protest.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already said the Bill would be defeated when it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha.