Union Home Minister Amit Shah will table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
According to the Lok Sabha’s List of Business for Monday, the Home Minister will introduce the Bill in the afternoon to amend six-decade-old Citizenship Act and later in the day, it will be taken up for discussion and passage.
The Assam Students’ Union (AASU) held a torch rally in Guwahati to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Sunday.
Earlier, several organizations including AASU and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti took to the streets demanding withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill. The students and other members in the protest were seen holding banners which said, “Assam opposes CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill)”.
Other than 30 organizations demonstrating anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill sentiments, large number of AASU (All Assam Students’ Union) protestors took to the streets in Guwahati, and Upper and Lower Assam districts challenging the government’s idea to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.