The BJP Was Committed to Passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (Download PDF)

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The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provided for according Indian Citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after 7 years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the current norm even if they do not possess any document.

This is show in Citizenship amendment bill 2019

This is Show in Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

This is show in Citizenship amendment bill 2019

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 aims to provide citizenship to those who had been forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries

This bill is in direct clash with the Citizenship act of 1955 which says that person is an illegal immigrant who enters India without a valid passport or with forged documents.

Central Government’s Stand

  • During the 2014 General Election, the Bharatiya Janata Party had promised to grant Indian Citizenship to the Hindus persecuted in the neighbouring countries.

  • The Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 15,2016. Act doesn’t have a provision for Muslim sects like Shias and Ahmediyas who were also persecuted in Pakistan.

North-east People’s Stand & Assam Accord of 1985

  • The bill has led to political backlash in Assam causing an atmosphere of unrest in the entire North-east.

  • As a result of the bill the burden of illegal migrants would be passed on to the state alone. Burden of influx would be shared equally by all the states.

  • Assam Accord of 1985 as a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between representatives of GoI and the leaders of the Assam Movement in New Delhi on 15 August 1985.

  • All those foreigners who had entered Assam between 1951 and 1961 were to be given full citizenship, including the right to vote. Those who had done so after 1971 were to be deported; the entrants between 1961 and 1971 were to be denied voting rights for 10 years.

  • Central government promised to provide ‘legislative and administrative safeguards to protect the cultural, social, and linguistic identity and heritage’ of the Assamese people.

  • With this accord the agitation of the state people came to an end and the corresponding leaders form the government

Delay Leading To the Lapse of the Bill

  • The bill though passed in the Lok Sabha could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha and therefore lapsed in the last parliamentary session of the outgoing government.

  • The Bill was to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 3 June 2019.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 20, 2019

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