The ruling BJP has issued whip to all its Lok Sabha members to remain present in the House for three days starting from December 9, sources in the party said on Sunday.
The bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there.
The whip, asking all BJP MPs to be present in the House, has been issued, a source was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The bill to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act will be introduced in Parliament in the afternoon, and later in the day it will be taken up for discussion and passage, according to the Lok Sabha’s List of Business for Monday.
The bill is set to sail through smoothly in the Lok Sabha, as the BJP has 303 MPs in the 545-member House.
Congress to oppose the bill:
The Congress has decided to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill which is to be introduced on Monday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha, after its parliamentary strategy group meet at Sonia Gandhi’s residence here on Sunday. After the meeting, Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said “The bill is a violation of our Constitution’s secular ethos, culture, tradition and civilisation, and we will oppose it.”
The Congress has already decided to talk to likeminded parties to oppose the bill but in the lower house the opposition could not do anything as BJP has a majority but in Rajya Sabha Congress may try to stall the bill.
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