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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill Passed in Lok Sabha at Midnight with 311 Votes

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill Passed in Lok Sabha at Midnight with 311 Votes

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New Delhi, November 10, 2019:

The highly controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been passed with 311 votes, as against 80 'noes'.

The Bill will now be shifted to the Rajya Sabha, passing which, it shall become a law.

The hotly-debated Bill was earlier tabled by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Despite extremely vocal objection to the Bill, the opposition failed to find the numbers to stall the Bill, and it passed post-midnight on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Indian States are up-in-arms against the controversial Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Hindus from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan on the grounds of religious persecution.

Although the detractors claim that the Bill is "communal" as it discriminates on the basis of religion, Union Minister Shah has argued that it simply seeks to give refuse to people who have faced persecution.

In the Northeast, where the illegal influx of Bangladeshi nations is considered a pressing issue, the NESO has called for a 'bandh' on December 10.