Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Parliament: How Numbers Stack Up For Modi Government in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 and Amit Shah. (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, December 8: The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, will be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday, December 9. The bill is listed in the "list of business" in the lower house of the Parliament on Monday. Home Minister Amit Shah will present the bill in the house, said reports. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government in the Centre is confident of getting the bill passed in the Lok Sabha. However, the real test for the government awaits in the Upper House, the Rajya Sabha. Let us see how the numbers stack up for the government both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019. Citizenship Amendment Bill Gets Green Signal From Cabinet: Here's All You Need to Know About the Contentious CAB.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, if and when passed by Parliament, will amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 introducing exceptional provisions for acquiring citizenship for non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The opposition parties, including Congress, have opposed the proposed Bill. On Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah had met several politicians and activists of northeastern states including the Chief Ministers of Manipur, Nagaland, and Assam to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, reported ANI. Citizenship Bill Row: Protest Intensifies Across Manipur, Section 144 Imposed in Imphal East Till February 12.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha already. However, it could not get passed in the Rajya Sabha before the 2019 General Elections and hence the bill got lapsed in the Upper House as the Lok Sabha was dissolved following the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls.

The BJP has 303 MPs in the Lok Sabha, well beyond the required mark in the 543-member house necessary for passing a bill. However, in the Rajya Sabha, the BJP has 81 members in the 245-seat house. Seven seats are currently vacant in the Rajya Sabha, which makes it 238 members house.

The majority mark is 119 seats, which the BJP is sure of getting thanks to support from parties like the AIADMK (11), TRS(7), BJD(6), JDU(6) among others which have openly supported the bill or at least given an indication they will. The parties opposing the bill are Mamata Banerjee's TMC, Congress (INC), Samajwadi Party, DMK, CPM and BSP. However, the Congress led Opposition has close to 105 members which is short of the required number to stall the bill's march in the Rajya Sabha.