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Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha: Amit Shah says “Muslim need not fear”

Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha today. The six-hour discussion in the upper House will have 48 participants

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Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha today. The six-hour discussion in the upper House will have 48 participants.

The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday after an intense seven-hour debate that went on till midnight. The Bill cleared the lower House with 311 voting for the bill and 80 against.

The Congress, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool and other opposition parties have strongly criticised the Bill, which seeks to make non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh eligible to become Indian citizens. They call the bill “discriminatory” and in violation of the principles of equality and secularism in the Constitution.

While rejecting the allegation that the Bill is “divisive” and anti-Muslims, Amit Shah said that “Muslims need not fear. They were, are and will remain Indian citizens”.

“Misinformation has been spread that this bill is against Muslims of India. I want to ask the people saying this that how is this bill related to Indian Muslims? They are Indian citizens and will always remain, no discrimination against them,” Shah told the Rajya Sabha.

The controversial Bill seeks to give Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

As the opposition demanded to know why only three nations were chosen and not other neighbours, Shah said that “India cannot give citizenship to Muslim migrants from world over”.

“Some people are saying that we should give citizenship to anyone from neighbouring countries. These three neighbouring countries are Muslim majority nations and Islam is enshrined in their constitutions. Hence they cannot face religious persecution like other communities do. What are some people saying? That we should give citizenship to Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan too? Should we make Muslims from across the world our citizens? How can this be? How can a country function like this,” Amit Shah asked.

Congress leader Anand Sharma reiterated the opposition charge that the Bill is an “assault on the very foundation of the Indian constitution and the Republic of India”. “It hurts the soul of India. It fails the morality test,” Sharma said in the upper House.

In his speech, Sharma also “corrected” Amit Shah for his comment that Congress dividing India on religious lines during the Partition of 1947.

“Let us set the history record clear… The two-nation theory was opposed vehemently by the Congress. It was Savarkar and the Hindu Mahasabha that passed legislation on the two-nation theory in Ahmedabad in 1937. Congress leaders who protested strongly were put in jail. That is when the Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League came forward and suggested this solution to Her Majesty’s government,” he said.

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted this morning, “The CAB is an attempt by Modi-Shah Govt to ethnically cleanse the North East. It is a criminal attack on the North East, their way of life and the idea of India. I stand in solidarity with the people of the North East and am at their service.”

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark today that “Citizenship Bill will be written in golden letters”, Trinamool’s Derek O Brien retorted, “I will tell you where it will be written, it will be written on grave of the father of the nation, but which father of the nation? In Karachi, on Jinnah’s grave”.

The current strength of the Rajya Sabha is 240; the majority mark is 121. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has the support of 128 MPs on the Bill.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has 64 members and expects 46 others, like the Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Communist Party of India (Marxist), to oppose the bill.

Meanwhile, opposition members have moved a resolution to send the Bill to Rajya Sabha select committee.

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Arvind Kejriwal 10 promises ahead of Delhi Civic polls, promises corruption-free MCD

Aside from releasing his party’s 10 promises ahead of the MCD polls, the Delhi Chief Minister also scrutinized the BJP for their alleged inadequacy in governing the MCD. The Delhi Chief Minister in his address also urged the public to vote for a party that stops some work, instead vote for a party that does the work. He further added to vote for people who let you do Yoga, instead of voting for people who stop you from doing it.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday, addressed a press conference where he released 10 promises of the Aam Aadmi Party for MCD elections. Delhi CM 10 guarantees for the MCD elections include solving the garbage mountain issues, beautifying Parks, clean streets.

Arvind Kejriwal’s 10 promises include the beautification of Delhi, which will include the elimination of 3 garbage mountains in Delhi. Elimination of corruption inside MCD offices and bringing in measures and transparency to tackle corruption. Regulating minor encroachment done by residents of Delhi. Relief from parking issues in the state of Delhi.

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The Delhi CM while taking cognizance of the stray situation in Delhi also promised to tackle it. He further guaranteed MCD roads to be repaired and looked after if AAP comes to power in MCD polls. The Delhi CM also promised to take care of the schools and hospitals and turn them into a better state.

The rest of the promises include beautifying parks that come under MCD, timely pay of MCD employees, respite in licensing for businessmen. The Delhi CM also promised to take cognizance of Police actions that led to the sealing of shops in Delhi, in order to give the shop owners some relief.

Aside from releasing his party’s 10 promises ahead of the MCD polls, the Delhi Chief Minister also scrutinized the BJP for their alleged inadequacy in governing the MCD. The Delhi Chief Minister in his address also urged the public to vote for a party that stops some work, instead vote for a party that does the work. He further added to vote for people who let you do Yoga, instead of voting for people who stop you from doing it.

The Delhi CM asked the people to vote for people who build schools and vote for people who work for the betterment of Delhi.

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CPI’s K Narayana says governor system is not useful, alleges governors are being used as tools by Centre

K Narayana further stated and alleged that governors are being used as a tool to disturb the non-BJP states and further remarked that governors should follow clear guidelines of the constitution. Governors don’t have the right to intervene and demanded the recall of all the governors, stated K Narayana.

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The Communist Party of India’s National secretary, K Narayana, on Thursday, said that the governor model is not useful for India. K Narayana while speaking on the ongoing row between the Telangana Government and governor Tamilisai, as well as in the case of Kerala Governor Arif Khan and Pinarayi Government, launched an attack on the centre and urged the removal of governors from all states.

CPI’s K Narayan in his statement to the press stated that the governor system is not useful for a country like India. He further added that the governors in the non-BJP-led states are creating problems for the state government. He further named West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and the latest Telangana as examples.

K Narayana further stated and alleged that governors are being used as a tool to disturb the non-BJP states and further remarked that governors should follow clear guidelines of the constitution. Governors don’t have the right to intervene and demanded the recall of all the governors, stated K Narayana.

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Telangana Governor and TRS

The remark by CPI K Narayan comes after recently the Telangana governor, Tamilisai Soundararajan accused the state government of phone tapping. The accusations came after the MLA poaching case came to and the TRS outfit named the governor’s former ADS, Tushar Mehta. Governor Soundararajan added to her attack and stated that it has become an undemocratic situation in Telangana.

Pinarayi government and Kerala Governor

Pinarayi government on November 9 removed governor Arif Mohammad Khan as Chancellor of universities after passing an ordinance. The Senior CPIM leader, Thomas Isaac, accused Governor Arif Mohammad Khan of concocting to appoint BJP sympathizers as VCs of universities. Isaac further added that it is not acceptable to the people in the State and further said that there is no choice other than the removal of the Governor from the post of Chancellor.

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge replies to BJP’s claims against his party in Himachal Pradesh Rally, says BJP only takes credit

Kharge, rebutting to BJP’s claims also counter-question and alleged that Himachal established and crossed milestones regarding colleges, electricity, and roads. He further added that the BJP is taking credit for the work of the preceding government.

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The newly elected Congress President, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Wednesday, addressed a poll meeting at Banuti in which he retorted to the claims made by the BJP.Congress President in his address talked about alleged baseless claims of Congress’s lack of democracy in the party.

Kharge also expounded on BJP allegedly taking credit for work done by the preceding government in Himachal.

Congress party President Kharge, while addressing the meeting, stated that he has been appointed as the Congress President through a fair voting system and added blasted the BJP’s President, JP Nadda, on how he ended up becoming the Bhartiya Janata Party president, countering claims coined by Bhartiya Janata Party.

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Kharge also alleged and expounded on the questions raised by the BJP government on Congress where the BJP outfit has incessantly launched an attack on Congress while asking what the Congress outfit has done in the last 70 years.

Kharge, rebutting to BJP’s claims also counter-question and alleged that Himachal established and crossed milestones regarding colleges, electricity, and roads. He further added that the BJP is taking credit for the work of the preceding government.

BJP in Himachal Pradesh

Whereas, Congresses counterpart, BJP, has also been rallying across Himachal ahead of Himachal elections. Narendra Modi has also come in to rally for the BJP as he addressed a rally in Sujanpur. Narendra Modi in his address had launched a staunch attack on the Congress Party.

The Prime Minister opined that Congress’s condition have been deteriorating and added that even Congress have been receded and wiped out of their stronghold states. PM Modi further alleged that Congress has long history of making false promises and false guarantees.

Himachal Pradesh assembly elections

The two outfits have been campaigning ahead of the Himachal Pradesh assembly election which is set to be held on November 12. Himachal will witness a single phase polling in 68 Assembly seats and the counting date of the votes will be December 8.
BJP swept the seats in the last assembly elections by winning 44 of 68 seats, whereas, Congress could only tally up to 21 seats.

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