Citizenship Amendment Bill: Shiv Sena decides to walk out in Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Dec 11: After supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Lok Sabha in ‘national interest’, the Shiv Sena is likely to stage a walkout in Rajya Sabha over the issue as Sanjay Raut said that votebank politics should not be played and creating Hindu-Muslim divide is not in favour of the country.

The next test of the bill will be in Rajya Sabha where the NDA will require the support of at least 123 MPs in the 245-member house. The support of regional and like-minded parties will be crucial to get the bill passed in the upper house, where it is likely to be tabled in the coming days.

Sena voting in favour of the Bill has irked the Congress and the party high command is unhappy with their decision to support the CAB in the Lower House.

According to sources, the Congress leadership has reached out to top Sena leadership warning them that if they continue to take steps against coalition religion, then two or four ministries would not matter to them.

Shiv Sena backed the bill in Lok Sabha but suggested that new citizens should not get voting rights for 25 years. Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP on #CitizenshipAmendmentBill: Votebank politics should not be played, its not correct. Don’t attempt to create a Hindu-Muslim divide again. Also nothing in this bill for Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka

The Shiv Sena with the help of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is heading the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra.

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