Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha
Landmark day for India: PM Modi
India is historically a tolerant country which believes in secularism (but) their historic position will be weakened if they deviate from that: Bangladesh Foreign Minister.
Passage of CAB marks "victory of narrow minded and bigoted forces" over India's pluralism: Sonia Gandhi.
The Citizenship ( Amendment) Bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha by 125 votes to 105. It had been passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday
The House is now voting on whether to pass the bill. Home Minister Amit Shah has moved the motion.
Assam burns over CAB, curfew in Guwahati
Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew. Tens of thousands of anti-CAB protesters descended on the streets of Assam today clashing with police and plunging the state into chaos. Army was asked to be on standby in Assam and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura. Internet services have been suspended in 10 districts of Assam, beginning 7 pm on Wednesday.Internet services are already suspended in the entire state of Tripura for 48 hours from 2 pm on Tuesday.
Shiv Sena MPs are not present in the Rajya Sabha as voting for the amendments to CAB are on.
All the amendments on clauses moved by Opposition members have been voted out
The Bill is now being voted clause by clause.
The amendments to move CAB to select panel has been voted out by 123 votes to 99 against.
The House is voting on an amendment motion moved by CPI(M) member KK Raaghesh to refer the bill to a select committee
Amit Shah: CAB will be applicable across the country, including in West Bengal
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh raises a point. Says the govt cannot deny that Muslims of the country are afraid of CAB and NRC.
Amit Shah: To people who are worried that minorities of this country will be subjected to injustice, it will not happen...This bill will give a new dawn to crores of people.
Uproar in House as Amit Shah says at times statements of some Opposition leaders and that of Pakistan are similar.
Amit Shah: I want to assure the people of Assam that there is no reason to worry. Their language and culture and rights will be protected.
Amit Shah: Neither CAB, nor NRC, nor law against triple talaq is anti-Muslim. Triple Talaq is the Bill to give rights to crores of Muslim women in the country.
Amit Shah: Do not teach me the idea of India . I know what it is, I was born and brought up here. I haven't come from abroad.
Amit Shah: Do not scare the minorities of this country. This bill is to give citizenship, not to take away citizenship. Nobody's citizenship is being taken away.
Amit Shah: Shiv Sena supported the Bill yesterday. They should tell the people of Maharashtra as to what happened within the span of a night that they changed their stand today.
Amit Shah: It was asked that why were Rohingyas not included in the Bill? Rohingyas don't come to India directly, they go to Bangladesh and then infiltrate into India from there.
Amit Shah: There is no discrimination against Sri Lankan Tamils. The precedence of this House that we have always passed country-specific laws to accommodate refugees depending on the situation.
Why did Congress allow partition in 1947: Amit Shah
Uproar in the House with Opposition members trying to make a point of order against a remark in the Home Minister's speech.
Amit Shah: No minority in this country, including Muslims, are going to be affected by this. This is not about their citizenship. This is for migrants.Please don't do politics over this bill.
Amit Shah: This is not a violation of Article 14. This comes under 'reasonable classification' as there are 6 religious groups that are listed.
Amit Shah: How can Muslims in Islamic republic be called minority? Still if Muslims are persecuted and apply for citizenship we go on a case to case basis. There is that provision.
Amit Shah: During UPA govt, the then Rajasthan govt wrote to then HM P Chidambaram stating outstanding issue of large no. of Pak refugees from Hindu and Sikh communities. 13,000 people from two religions only were benefited. Whereas, we have included refugees from 6 religions.We brought in 6 religions, it is not appreciated. Oppn finds fault for not including one religion.
Amit Shah: Bill has nothing to do with electoral politics. Says the bill was first brought in 2015 when there were no elections round . And that even today the next general elections are 4.5 years away
Amit Shah raises Nehru-Liaquat Agreement of 1950. Asks what happened to Pakistan to treat minorities there with dignity.
Amit Shah: This bill should have been brought 50 years ago. If so, situations wouldn't have aggravated so much
Home Minister Amit Shah replying to the debate in the House.
President Ram Nath Kovind signs the order to extend the inner line permit (ILP) regime to Manipur, besides Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.
Bills brought to Parl are vetted by law dept: Prasad
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad intervenes in the debate. Says Parliament has the powers to pass this bill under Article 246 which gives Parliament power to make laws on any of the matters enumerated in List I in the Seventh Schedule ( Union List)
Curfew has been declared in Guwahati
Indian Railways: 12 trains have been cancelled and 10 trains partially cancelled, on 12th and 13th December due to indefinite 'Rail Roko' by various organisations and associations, in Tinsukia division and Lumding division in Assam.
It (CAB) is not against any community and religion. India is a country of Muslims and it will remain so for them. The opposition is creating confusion across the country on the CAB.
- Shivraj Singh Chouhan
You are going to make the two-nation theory a reality by passing this Bill. This is a historical Bill because you are going to change the Constitution and change the history,
- Kapil Sibal
Visuals from outside Assam Secretariat, Dispur where the anti-CAB protests have intensified
KK Raagesh of CPI (M) says govt brought the bill to divert attention of people from problems in economy.
Mobile Internet suspended for 24 hours from 7pm, today to 7pm, 12 December in Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup districts of Assam.
Internet services in ten districts of Assam to be suspended for 24 hours, beginning 7 pm on Wednesday, say officials.
Assam: District Magistrate Dibrugarh orders closure of liquor licensed premises from 4 pm today for 'preservation of public peace and tranquility'.
Violent protests in Assam
Hope Sena keeps Constitution in mind while voting: Thorat
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stuck at
Guwahati airport : CMO
Cong want to send the Bill to select panel
Internet has been blocked in the Brahmaputra Valley. Ulfa has called for an Assam bandh on Thursday.
Support bill, but want amendments: BJD
Assam turns into battleground amid anti-CAB protests