Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with 125 Ayes

Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill with 125 Ayes

New Delhi: After a smooth passage in Lok Sabha, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has now been cleared by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by 125 votes to 105. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Home Minister Amit Shah has tabled the bill earlier in the day. It will become an act after President Ram Nath Kovind gives his assent.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill aims to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who faced religious persecution in their countries.

The bill has provoked widespread protests across the Northeast and several parts of India. The bill has faced stiff opposition in Northeast. Guwahati has been put under curfew and special forces have been deployed in Tripura and Assam.

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