Citizenship Bill to be tabled by Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha today
New Delhi, Feb 12: The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide citizenship to six minority groups from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha by home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.
The government is making one last effort to push this Bill through the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the penultimate day of last parliament session before the Lok Sabha elections. But it is likely to be met with protests by the opposition.
Widespread protests have engulfed states in the northeast after the government passed the Bill, which seeks to provide Indian nationality to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, in the Lok Sabha during the winter session on January 8.
Section 144 has been imposed in Imphal and all internet services were suspended on Monday night, as massive protests jolt the state capital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that the bill is an "atonement of the wrong that was done during India's Partition. India will safeguard all who had been victims of the Partition".