The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing persecution. The bill would amend Citizenship Act 1955 to make Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, Jains and Christians who fled Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh eligible for citizenship.
The cut-off date for citizenship is December 31, 2014. The bill was an election promise by the BJP ahead of 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
While introducing the bill Amit Shah said that it is the job of the government to protect its borders and there is no political agenda. Manish Tewari of the Congress said this bill violates the basic tenets of the constitutions especially Article 14 which speaks about equality.
To discuss the bill CNBC-TV18 spoke with Sangeeta B Pisharoty Deputy Editor at The Wire, Amit Baruah Resident Editor at The Hindu, Shumsher Sheriff Former Secy General of Rajya Sabha and Aman Sinha Spokesperson of BJP.