Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the third day of the winter session of Parliament said that all citizens of India, irrespective of religion will figure in the National Register of Citizens(NRC) list and it is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill(CAB).
Addressing the Rajya Sabha today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said “The National Register of Citizens (NRC) has no provision that excludes certain religions. All citizens of India irrespective of religion will figure in the NRC list. The NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill.”
He also added: “Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Parsi refugees should get citizenship, that is why Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is needed so that these refugees who are being discriminated on basis of religion in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, get Indian citizenship.”
In Assam, the updated final National Register of Citizens was released on August 31. The list, which validates bonafide Indian citizens, has left out over 19 lakh applicants.
On the other hand, Citizen Amendment Bill(CAB) 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019. It grants Indian citizenship to Hindu, Parsi, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Christian from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and excluding citizenship Muslims from these three countries who came to India before 31st December 2014. The Bill will also have provisions to cancel the registration of Overseas Citizen of India card in case of violations.
Congress has openly opposed Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) because “it violates Constitution by discriminating against religions on the issue of citizenship”. Veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad shot back saying, “Constitution came after partition”.
North Eastern people are protesting against the CAB bill saying, they will not share their land with refugees or non – Indians.