After a hectic round of debate in Rajya Sabha, which lasted for roughly eight hours, the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has cleared the decks of Upper House. A total of 125 lawmakers voted in favour of the legislation, whereas, 105 MPs voted against the law which proposes to naturalise non-Muslim refugees.

Voting on the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 is currently underway in the Rajya Sabha. After a heated round of debate, lawmakers of Parliament's Upper House are set to cast their vote on the contentious CAB, which aims to naturalise non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The lawmakers of Congress are "resonating" the statements issued by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. "I wonder if this is coincidence or whether the Congress is deliberately doing so. Why their statements are similar to those emerging from the Opposition," Amit Shah said.

Hitting out at former ally Shiv Sena - which backed the legislation in Lok Sabha but has decided not to do so today in the Rajya Sabha - Amit Shah asked the party to explain why it has backtracked from its position and "changed colours" overnight. "The people of Maharashtra want to know," the Home Minister said.

Muslims of India are protected under the Constitution and their citizenship cannot be stripped, reiterated Home Minister Amit Shah. "Kapil Sibal said 'Muslims are not afraid of you'. We never want them to be afraid of us or anyone. It is the Opposition which is creating anxiety among them," Shah said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah lashed out at the Opposition for expressing outrage over the CAB only for excluding Muslim refugees. "Why is it not being appreciated that minorities belonging to six religions are being granted citizenship? Why is your concern restricted only to Muslims?" Shah asked.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has begun to reply in the Rajya Sabha over debate on Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019. Shah initiated his counter-arguments by pointing out that the law is necessitated as the nation was partitioned in 1947 on the basis of religion.

Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad the Centre to explain why the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar, who have faced a genocide in Rakhine region, are being left from the purview of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019.

Shiv Sena, which continues to remain undecided on their stand over the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019, may now abstain from voting. The party had earlier in the day conveyed that it would vote against the law as the Centre has not cleared the apprehensions raised by it.

Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees right to equality, is not being violated through Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019. Numerous court judgements, said Swamy, have pointed that there are case-specific exceptions, he said. Swamy further lauded the BJP government for addressing the plight of persecuted non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring nations. The Congress and other parties have only been paying lip service for the past several years, the former Union Minister said.

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New Delhi, December 11: The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019, which cleared the Lok Sabha decks on Monday, is set to be taken up for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha today. The proposed law was scheduled to be tabled in Upper House of Parliament at 12 pm. With an effective strength of 240 members, the Centre would need the support of 121 MPs to pass the law. PM Narendra Modi, at BJP Parliamentary Meet, Says 'Some Parties Speaking Language of Pakistan on Citizenship Amendment Bill': Report.

The legislation will be tabled in the House by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The BJP chief will be the prime troubleshooter of the government in Rajya Sabha against the Opposition assault. Voting over the proposed law would be preceded by a hectic round of debate - as seen in the Lok Sabha.

The BJP, along with its NDA allies, has a total of 114 MPs backing the CAB. The party is expected to be backed by non-aligned members - YSRCP, TDP, BJD and AIADMK, taking its total strength to way above the requisite 121-mark.

The Shiv Sena and the Janata Dal (United), which backed the legislation in Lok Sabha, have sent feelers that they may not support in Upper House. However, sources within both the parties have indicated that they may stage a walkout rather than voting against the Bill. In such a scenario, the effective strength of the House would further drop, giving the BJP-led NDA the numbers edge.

Notably, the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill aims to grant citizenship to "persecuted refugees" from three neighbouring nations - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh - provided that the applicants adhere to the following six religions - Hinduism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism and Jainism.