Despite the uprisings in the North Eastern states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of introducing the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The contentious bill that was introduced by the Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was swiftly passed in the Lok Sabha at midnight.
Reportedly, as per BJP's floor managers, the effective strength of the Rajya Sabha is 238. The NDA's current strength is 105 in the House, including 83 members of the BJP, six of Janata Dal (U), three of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one each from LJP and RPI(A), and 11 nominated MPs.
The BJP also sought support from the AIADMK which has 11 members, the BJD with seven members, YSRCP, with two members, and TDP, with two members.
BJP is confident of receive support from all these parties, as all these parties had supported the Bill in Lok Sabha.
If all these are tallied, the saffron party will receive a total 127 votes. It is to be mentioned here that the introduction of the contentious Citizenship Bill has led to massive protests across the states of North East India. A pall of gloom has descended across the region, and especially in Assam, as now safeguards have been given to cushion it from the impact of the Citizenship Bill.
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