Rajya Sabha: CAB hurts soul of India, it’s an assault on Constitution, says Anand Sharma

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

Written by December 11, 2019 12:16

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday afternoon tabled The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha.

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

Live from Rajya Sabha:

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Opposition parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK are protesting against the bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday with a majority of 311 votes against 80 in the Lower House where 391 members were present and voted.

In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the halfway mark is currently 121 as five seats are vacant bringing down the strength of the House to 240.


# Kapil Sibal: Those who have no idea of India cannot protect the idea of India.

# Kapil Sibal, Congress in Rajya Sabha: I request the Home Minister to withdraw that allegation because we in Congress believe in that one nation, you don’t believe in that.

# Mir M Fayaz, J&K PDP in Rajya Sabha on Citizenship Amendment Bill: I stand to oppose this Bill. Since this govt has come to power, the way it has brought bills like Triple Talaq & Art 370-Muslims have been targeted. Yeh sarkaar jab se bani hai yeh musalman ke peeche padi hai

# Tamil Nadu Minister and AIADMK leader D Jayakumar on Citizenship Amendment Bill2019: The Bill is not against Srilankan Tamils and Tamil Nadu. We support the CAB in Parliament.

# Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP: Our party opposes the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Why are you violating Article 14 by excluding Muslims? Muslims being excluded is the sole problem of this entire act.

# Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: We don’t need any certificate on our nationalism or Hindutva. Jis school mein aap padhte ho, hum us school ke head master hain. Hamare school ke headmaster Balasaheb Thackeray the, Atal ji, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee bhi the, hum sabko mante hain.

# Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena in Rajya Sabha: Mazboot PM aur HM par humari asha hai. Kya is Bill ke pass hone ke baad aap ghuspetiyon ko bahar nikalenge? Agar sharanarthiyon ko swikaar karte hain toh us par rajneeti nahi honi chahiye. Kya unko voting rights milenge?

# P Chidambaram, Congress in Rajya Sabha: This government is ramming through this Bill to advance its Hindutva agenda. This is a sad day. I am absolutely clear that this law will be struck off.

# Biswajit Daimary, Bodoland People’s Front, Assam in Rajya Sabha: We support the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

# T Siva, DMK MP in Rajya Sabha: If this Bill is passed, it will be a blow to our secularism. You (BJP) have a mandate to justify all citizens of the country and not segregate one section and make them feel victimised.

# TK Rangarajan, CPI(M): Suppose you make the law, who will be responsible for any repercussion on minorities? That is why my party oppose this. Don’t spoil the country, don’t spoil the constitution, that’s my request.

# SR Balasubramaniam,AIADMK: We have certain concerns but overall, we are supporting this bill.

# Dr K Keshav Rao, Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Rajya Sabha: This bill challenges the very idea of India and negates every ideal of justice. This bill should be withdrawn

# RCP Singh, JDU in Rajya Sabha: We support this bill.The bill is very clear, it gives citizenship to persecuted minorities from three of our neigbouring countries, but here debate is being done on our Indian Muslim brothers.

# Javed Ali Khan, Samajwadi Party in Rajya Sabha: Our Govt through this Citizenship Amendment Bill and  NRC is trying to fulfill the dream of Jinnah. Remember, in 1949 Sardar Patel had said ‘we are laying the foundation of a truly secular democracy in India’

# Derek O Brien, TMC in Rajya Sabha: I read that PM said this will be written in golden letters. I will tell you where it will be written, it will be written on grave of the father of the nation, but which father of the nation? In Karachi, on Jinnah’s grave.

# JP Nadda: In 2003,Dr.Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha said to then-Deputy PM Advani Ji on treatment of refugees & persecution of minorities in countries like Bangladesh, he said we should have more liberal approach in granting citizenship to them. So, we are following what he said.

# Anand Sharma, Congress in Rajya Sabha: In our religion, we believe in rebirth, and that we meet our elders. So if Sardar Patel meets Modi ji then he will be very angry with him, Gandhi Ji will, of course, be sad, but Patel will be indeed very angry.

# Anand Sharma, Congress in Rajya Sabha: The bill that you have brought is an assault on the very foundation of the Indian constitution, it is an assault on the Republic of India. It hurts the soul of India. It is against our constitution & democracy. It fails the morality test,

# Home Minister Amit Shah: In 1985, Assam accord happened. There is a provision in clause 6 to protect indigenous culture of the state. I want to assure that NDA Government through committee to supervise clause 6 will protect rights of Assam. All Assam Students’ Union is part of committee.

# Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: No Muslim in India needs to worry due to this Bill. Don’t get scared if someone tries to scare you. This is Narendra Modi’s Govt working according to the constitution, minorities will get full protection.