Government To Move Citizenship Bill In Parliament Today: Live Updates

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The government is expected to push the Citizenship Bill through the Rajya Sabha today.

New Delhi:

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which seeks to provide citizenship to six minority groups from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, will be presented in Rajya Sabha today. The controversial bill has led to massive protests in the northeast. The government is expected to make one last effort to push this Bill through the Rajya Sabha today.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will amend the laws governing citizenship, formed in 1955, to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution from the three neighbouring countries and entered India before December 31, 2014.

The political parties and the civil society opposing the proposed law say it would allow citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, who came to the state after March 1971, in violation to the Assam Accord, 1985.

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Illegal migration is a sensitive issue in the northeast, where tribals and other ethnic communities wish to keep out the outsiders.

Here are the LIVE updates on the story:

Feb 12, 201913:02 (IST)We want to get Citizenship Bill passed in Rajya Sabha: Vijay Goel
Vijay Goel, the minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, told NDTV that the Citizenship (Amendement) Bill will be on agenda in the Rajya Sabha. "Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be present in the House when the Bill will be tabled. The government wants to get it passed as it will largely benefit the people," he said.Feb 12, 201912:40 (IST)Parliament schedule for today
Lok Sabha:
Bills for Consideration and Passing:
*The Finance Bill, 2019*The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018*The Jalianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill,2018*The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2018
Rajya Sabha:
Bills for Introduction:
*The International Financial Services CentresAuthority Bill, 2019*The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Bills for consideration and Passing
*The Citizenship (Amendmnent) Bill, 2019* The Aadhaar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019* The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019* The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018* The Arbitration and Concilation (Amendment) Bill, 2018* The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018Feb 12, 201912:01 (IST) Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM amid protests by Samajwadi Party members.Feb 12, 201911:51 (IST)Lok Sabha adjourned for nearly 20 minutes amid slogan shouting by opposition members.Feb 12, 201911:50 (IST) The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will amend the laws governing citizenship, formed in 1955, to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution from the three neighbouring countries and entered India before December 31, 2014.Feb 12, 201911:50 (IST) The controversial bill has led to massive protests in Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram and Manipur. These states have been seeing wide scale protests ever since the controversial Bill was introduced and passed in Lok Sabha in January.Feb 12, 201911:47 (IST) The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which seeks to provide citizenship to six minority groups from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, will be presented in Rajya Sabha today amid protests in the northeast against it.No more contentSource Article