The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been tabled in Rajya Sabha by Home Minister Amit Shah. Tabling the bill, Shah said, "There has been an almost 20% decline each in the population of religious minorities in both Pakistan and present-day Bangladesh. Either they were killed or they fled to India for shelter." Earlier, the bill had passed in Lok Sabha.
After a successful passage in Lok Sabha on Monday, the contentious Bill that has provoked widespread protests across the Northeast and several parts of India will now face a crucial test in Rajya Sabha. However, it looks like Amit Shah will have a smooth sail in Rajya Sabha as well as the numbers stack up in favor of NDA.
Students in large numbers were seen proceeding towards the Secretariat from all directions. Another group reached the Ganeshguri area, around 500 meters from the center of power. They broke a barricade on GS Road following which the police resorted to lathi-charge. Teargas shells were also lobbed at the students who also threw the shells back at the policemen.
The Bill has faced violent protests in Northeast, with student organizations in Assam observing a bandh on Tuesday and opposition parties, academics, authors and the intelligentsia demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Bill saying it will divide the nation into two.