Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting the minister to include Shia community in the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The current bill applies to all non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 by seeking to grant citizenship to undocumented and illegal non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who came to India on or before December 31, 2014. Lok Sabha is expected to vote on the Bill on Monday and Rajya Sabha a day later, said media reports.
The Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Left Front oppose the Bill, calling it anti-Muslim. BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah has made the legislation the centerpiece of his campaign against “illegal infiltrators”.