Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE UPDATES: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday set a condition for his party’s support for Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. Speaking to reporters on the bill, he said: "We will not give support to the Bill (Citizenship Amendment Bill) unless things are clear. If any citizen is afraid of this Bill then one must clear their doubts. They are our citizens so one must answer their questions too." This comes just a day after his party supported the bill in Lok Sabha. The Bill is likely to come up for the passage in the Upper House on Wednesday.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been passed in Lok Sabha. The new law seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The bill relaxes the requirement of residence in India from 11 years to six years for these migrants. A total of 391 members were present in the Lok Sabha at the time of division. While 311 voted in favour of the bill, 80 voted against it.
Earlier today, the Home Minister informed the Lok Sabha that Opposition need not worry about the situation on Kashmir as everything his normal in the Valley. Slamming the Congress, the minister added that he could not say the same about the grand old party as it had predicted bloodshed in the valley post abrogation of Article 370 in the then state of Jammu and Kashmir.