NEW DELHI: The Centre is all set to bring the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Sources said the business advisory committee of Lok Sabha in its meeting held on Thursday morning has decided to introduce the Bill on December 9.
“The Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha and after it get the passage there, the Bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha,” said sources. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday passed CAB making the way for its introduction in the Lok Sabha.
Home Minister Amit Shah met representatives of different political parties, students’ organisations, and civil society groups during the last three days in the national capital.
Organisations like All Assam Student Union (AASU), NESO among others have opposed CAB.
“This Bill is against the basic principles of the historic Assam Accord. Assam and the Northeast can’t be made a dumping ground for illegal foreigners,” said Samujjal Bhattacharya, AASU chief advisor.
On Wednesday AASU and members of other student bodies from Northeast also burnt dummy CAB papers.
The Communist Party of India (CPI-M) has also opposed the CAB. CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that “Citizenship can’t be given on the basis of origin”.
“This Bill violates the basic characters of the Indian Constitution,” said Yechury, adding that the BJP government is trying to play vote bank politics.”