Parliament updates: Shiv Sena attacks BJP over Citizenship Bill

Amid the widespread protests in Northeastern states and national capital against Citizenship Amendment bill, former ally Shiv Sena, mounted scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata party over their new legislation. While debating over the same in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that a certificate on nationalism is not needed.

He said, “I have been hearing since yesterday that those who oppose this bill are anti-nationals and those who support the bill are nationalists. We don’t need any certificate on nationalism or Hindutva. We have hopes from a strong Prime Minister and a Home Minister. Will you push out the infiltrators after the bill is passed? if we are giving shelter to refugees, there should be no politics over it. Will they get voting rights?”

Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment bill in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Shah said that misinformation is being spread about the legislation that it is against the Muslims.

Massive protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) have disrupted normal life in the state of Assam. The northeastern state came to a grinding halt due to a day-long statewide strike called by nearly 20 organizations against the legislation.

Heavy security put in place as protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill continue in Dibrugarh, Guwahati and other parts in Assam.

The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, excluding Muslims, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. The Bill relaxes the requirement of residence in India from 11 years to six years for these migrants.

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