The Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Monday following a six-hour-long debate and Union Home Minister Amit Shah defending the Bill which is receiving a lot of flak.
Among a total of 391 members present in the Lower House, 311 voted in favor of the Bill while 80 voted against it. PM Narendra Modi then took to his social media account and hailed the decision.
The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, excluding Muslims, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. The Bill relaxes the requirement of residence in India from 11 years to six years for these migrants.
Various known names from the entertainment industry took to their social media account and expressed their thoughts on Citizenship Bill.
Check out the reactions:
Delighted that the Lok Sabha has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a rich and extensive debate. I thank the various MPs and parties that supported the Bill. This Bill is in line with India’s centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2019
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 9, 2019
Deeply ashamed that Edapadi Palanisamy represents my state and our people. Supporting the #CAB shows his true colours, his lack of integrity and his desperate need to remain powerful at any cost. You will all be held accountable. Enjoy your temp power till then. #IndiaRejectsCAB
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 9, 2019
This is the end of the India we all know and love. Or at least for many of us who do. 💔 https://t.co/qgMalHOZ1U
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) December 9, 2019
#CitizenshipAmendmentBill sad day for Indian democracy! 💔
— Gauahar Khan (@GAUAHAR_KHAN) December 9, 2019