New Delhi: Minutes before the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill comes up for a crucial debate in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a renewed pitch for its enactment at a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s parliamentary party meeting. The bill, PM Modi told his party’s lawmakers from the two Houses, will be written in golden letters, news agency PTI said.
PM Modi also stressed that the legislation would give a permanent relief to people who fled religious persecution from three countries in India’s neighbourhood: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Prime Minister also said that some parties are speaking the same language as Pakistan on the Citizenship Bill, according to PTI.
The bill is scheduled to be tabled by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Upper House at 12 noon. “The Citizenship Amendment Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha at 12 pm today, and it will be passed in the house with comfortable majority,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani were among the top BJP leaders who attended the parliamentary meeting.