New Delhi, Dec 5 : Bharatiya Janata Party has issued a ‘three-line whip’ to the party’s Rahya Sabha MPs to be present in the house from Monday, the 9th December 2019 to Wednesday, the 11th December for the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The Citizenship Bill is facing stiff opposition from Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP , JDS, CPI-M and other political parties who have argued that citizenship cannot be given on the basis of religion.
Among the provisions that have been proposed is one that allows the government to cancel registrations of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders who violate provisions of the Citizenship Act, “or any other notified law”.
Opposition said that it discriminates against Muslims. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called it “fundamentally unconstitutional” and Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien hitting out at the ruling BJP for “cheap and narrow” political gains.
The 12 Opposition parties met and decided to tell people about the harsh truth of the CAB.
The draft version of the bill also exempts parts of the Northeast, which has witnessed widespread protests, and will make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to become Indian citizens.
The draft Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is likely to pass Lok Sabha unimpeded; the ruling BJP has a massive majority in the Lower House and Union Minister Rajnath Singh, asked party MPs to be present in large numbers. Singh called it as important as the bill that withdrew special privileges to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
The whip has been issued to gather support for the government’s stand and vote for the bill it presents in the upper house of the Parliament.