New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha today for its final passage to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who faced persecution in their countries.
After a successful passage in Lok Sabha on Monday, the contentious Bill that has provoked widespread protests across the Northeast and several parts of India will now face a crucial test in Rajya Sabha. However, it looks like Amit Shah will have a smooth sail in Rajya Sabha as well, as the numbers stack up in favour of NDA. The Bill has faced violent protests in Northeast, with students’ organizations in Assam observing a bandh on Tuesday and opposition parties, academics, authors and the intelligentsia demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Bill saying it will divide the nation into two.
On the other hand, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be introducing the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha that seeks to protect privacy of individuals by protecting their personal data and how the data is used by different entities.