Parliament Winter Session Updates: Rajya Sabha rejects sending the bill to a select committee

The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today. Six hours have been allocated to debate the bill in the House. The Bill has to be passed by both the Houses of the Parliament to become a law. The bill has already cleared the Lok Sabha test where 311 MPs voted in favour of the legislation.

Shiv Sena walks out from Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha rejects sending the bill to a select committee, with 99 votes in support and 124 against.

Voting in Rajya Sabha on sending Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 to select panel to begin shortly

CAB is not going to hurt anyone's sentiments. The people who are worried that minorities of this country will be subjected to injustice, it will not happen, says Amit Shah

The statements of Congress leaders and Pakistani leaders sounds similar, says Amit Shah

CAB does not affect Indian Muslims in any way, asks politicians to not create rifts, says Amit Shah.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah says CAB does not violate Article 14

It is surprising that there is no appreciation for us bringing in refugees of six communities, but we are only being asked about Muslims, says Amit Shah

“There is very little chance of persecution of Muslims in an Islamic country,” he added.

If this bill was brought 50 years ago, then the situation had not been so severe today, says Amit Shah 

If partition had not taken place, then there would have been no need to bring Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 today, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah begins his response to the debate in Rajya Sabha

“If everyone is happy with the bill, why is there an Army flag march, and why is lathi-charge and tear gas being used against protestors in Assam?” asks Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Azad asks why neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar were not included.

CPI(M) leader KK Ragesh claims the bill will legalise religious discrimination, gives example of Rohingya Muslims. “Manusmriti, or Golwalkar’s We or Our Nationhood Defined or Bunch of Thoughts is not our Constitution,” he adds. 

We expect that Shiv Sena will keep the Constitution of India in mind while voting for CAB, says Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat

JD(S) opposes the Bill. D Kupendra Reddy recommends that the Bill be sent to a select committee of Parliament for scrutiny.

YSR Congress supports the Citizenship Amendment Bill

CAB is a stupid attempt to make India a country for one sect. Young India will reject such plans soon. It's not primitive India for your old plans, says Kamal Hasan

AAP opposes CAB. "It is against the Constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. It is against the Preamble of the Constitution. It is against the India of the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh," says Sanjay Singh

CAB is obnoxious, abominable, undemocratic, unreasonable, unpardonable, unjustifiable, unconstitutional, says MDMK's Vaiko

"The two-nation theory was propagated by Savarkar, not by us. It would be fulfilled today with the passing of this Bill," said Congress leader Kapil Sibal

NCP Opposes the Citizenship Amendment Bill

NCP’s Praful Patel asks the Bill to be sent to a select committee for more deliberation.

BSP opposes the Bill. "The Bill violates the Preamble of our Constitution," says BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra

"We don’t need any validation from anyone on nationalism. The headmaster of our school is Balasaheb Thackeray," says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

"Will you remove infiltrators if the Bill is passed? Will the refugees get voting rights?" asks Raut.

CAB is majority versus morality, says Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot

Protests in Jaipur against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. CM Ashok Gehlot joins

"This is a sad day. The govt is ramming through CAB in order to advance its Hindutva agenda," says P.Chidambaram. "How do you group 3 countries and leave out the other neighbours?" he adds

Assam's Bodoland People's Front supports CAB in Rajya Sabha

If this Bill is passed, it will be a blow to our secularism: T Siva, DMK MP

Don't spoil the country, don't spoil the constitution, says CPI(M)'s TK Rangarajan

TRS' K Keshav Rao asks to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Bill. "This bill challenges the very idea of India and negates every ideal of justice," he says. 

JD(U) supports the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha. JD(U) MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh says the Bill is not affecting any rights of Indian citizens. 

"The bill gives citizenship to persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries, but here debate is being done on our Indian Muslim brothers," he adds.

AIADMK's SR Balasubramoniyan said his party will support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha but raises concerns about not including Sri Lankan refugees in the Bill. 

Shiv Sena to oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

"India is moving from democracy to dictatorship," says Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien.

Business Advisory Committee has decided to allocate 6 hours to the discussion on CAB. 48 speakers will participate in the discussion, says Harivansh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha

J P Nadda says, "We are following Manmohan Singh's lead." In 2003, Singh had told Advani that a liberal approach must be adopted wrt persecuted minorities in neighbouring countries, he added.

Sardar Patel will be very angry with Modi ji: Anand Sharma in RS

No lunch break in RS today following debate on CAB

20% decline in minority population in Pakistan and Bangladesh: Amit Shah

'NDA govt through committee to supervise clause 6 will protect rights of Assam', says Amit Shah

HM Amit Shah: In 1985, Assam accord happened. There is a provision in clause 6 to protect indigenous culture of the state. I want to assure that NDA Government through committee to supervise clause 6 will protect rights of Assam. All Assam Students' Union is part of committee

No Muslim in India needs to worry due to this Bill, says Amit Shah on CAB

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: No Muslim in India needs to worry due to this Bill. Don't get scared if someone tries to scare you. This is Narendra Modi's Govt working according to constitution ,minorities will get full protection.

20% decline in population of religious minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: There has been an almost 20% decline each in population of religious minorities in both Pakistan and present day Bangladesh. Either they were killed or they fled to India for shelter.

Amit Shah tables Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in RS

'Don't attempt to create a Hindu-Muslim divide again', says Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP on Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha: We have to clear our doubts on this bill, if we don't get satisfactory answers then our stand could be different from what we took in Lok Sabha. Votebank politics should not be played, its not correct. Don't attempt to create a Hindu-Muslim divide again. Also nothing in this bill for Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka.

Amit Shah arrives in Parliament

Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Parliament. The Citizenship Amendment Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha at 12pm today.

Rajya Sabha till 12 pm following uproar over delay in release of GST payments

Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 1200 hrs following uproar by TDP, other oppn parties over delay in release of GST payments to states.

BJP parliamentary party meet underway before CAB debate

Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary party meeting underway at Parliament library.

Amit Shah to move Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha today

Home Minister Amit Shah to move The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha, today.