New Delhi, December 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness over the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 or CAB in Rajya Sabha. Thanking lawmakers who voted in favour of the legislation, PM Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill "will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years". The legislation was approved by Parliament on Wednesday.
"A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #RajyaSabha. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill. This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years," PM Modi tweeted moments after the Rajya Sabha passed the CAB. 125 MPs voted in favour of the controversial legislation, whereas 105 voted against it. Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: What Fundamental Rights Article 14, 15 Guarantee And Arguments in Favour of & Against CAB.
PM Narendra Modi on Parliament Passing CAB:
A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood!
This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2019
The Bill, which seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists immigrants, was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday. Moving the CAB in the Upper House earlier today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the legislation is a ray of hope for minorities living in a very critical situation in India's three neighbouring countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh - along with those who came to India due to religious persecution but have not been given citizenship. Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate: Manipur to be Exempted Via Inner Line Permit, Says Amit Shah; Here's How ILP Will Offset CAB Impact.
Opposition parties, however, said that the legislation undermines the country's secular constitution. "I dare the government to lay the opinion of the law department. I dare the government to invite the Attorney General to answer the questions. A small part of the Constitution is being racked and being demolished by these insidious people," Congress MP P Chidambaram said.