India passes law denying citizenship to Muslim migrants

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in Parliament on Monday on the matter of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. | IANS

The FO, however, said the latest legislation by the Indian government was another major step towards the realisation of the concept of "Hindu Rashtra, idealised and relentlessly pursued by the right-wing Hindu leaders for several decades".

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill proposes to grant citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists who fled to India facing religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, but it does not include Muslim minorities from these countries such as Ahmadiyas and Shiyas on the same ground.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "But we said that if it's a conspiracy for vote bank politics & allegations are being levelled against you then they should not be granted voting rights for 25 years", he added.

The House also rejected several amendments moved by opposition members to the bill, most by voice vote.

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"The Lok Sabha legislation is also in complete contravention of various bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India particularly the one concerning security and rights of minorities in the respective countries", the statement said.

India's government is all set to pass a controversial citizenship law that would exclude the Muslim community in neighboring countries from becoming Indian citizens. As many as 566 Muslims have been given citizenship, he said.

Political analysts said the contentious bill is not good for the north-eastern states. "This Bill has not taken away any of the rights of the Muslim community". It means any refugee receiving Indian citizenship, once the proposed law turns effective, can not reside in these north-eastern states. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi even posted from his official handle on Twitter, stating that the CAB is an 'attack on the Indian constitution'.

"In North East India, the debate around citizenship and indigenity was never based on religion".

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Shah said the bill seeks to correct the wrong done by the partition of the country on religious lines. "In Islamic countries, minority Hindus are treated as second class citizens, girls are kidnapped and assaulted and sometimes there are forced conversions", the Sena said. Protesting against the bill, he tweeted, "The #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 is against the basic feature of the Constitution". Muslims have not been included for giving citizenship because the proposed law is for persecuted minorities in the three countries, he said.

Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khan said through the proposed legislation, the BJP was fulfilling the dream of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

"I stand in solidarity with the people of the North East and am at their service", he said, tagging a media report on protests in the Northeast against the Bill.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas besides also resorting to lathi-charge on protesters in Guwahati and Dibrugarh. The Bill relaxes the requirement of residence in India from 11 years to six years for these migrants.

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