Landmark day for India: Modi on RS clearing CAB

Landmark day for India: Modi on RS clearing CAB
Narendra Modi (File)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/11/2019 12:55:42 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday described the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha as a landmark day for India and said that the Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years.

“A landmark day for India and our nation’’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the CAB 2019 has been passed in the RS. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill. This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years,” Modi said in a tweet.
His remarks came soon after the controversial CAB, 2019 that seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was passed in the RS though it was vehemently opposed by major opposition parties objecting its nature and describing it “against Muslim community”, which the government rejected saying it does not affect the community residing in the country. 
The Bill was tabled for discussion in the Upper House by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
Citizenship Bill: Sonia Gandhi says ‘victory of bigoted forces’
As the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi termed it the “victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, said the passage of the Bill marks a landmark day for “our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood”.
In a statement, the Congress president said: “Today marks a dark day in the constitutional history of India.”
 “The Bill fundamentally challenges the idea of India that our forefathers fought for and, in its place, creates a disturbed, distorted and divided India where religion will become a determinant of nationhood,” she added.
Calling the Bill an affront to the “eternal principles of equality and religious non-discrimination enshrined in our Constitution”, Gandhi said it was ironic that the Bill “has been pushed through at a time when the whole world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. …this flawed legislation is antithetical to the spirit of the freedom movement and violative of the soul of our nation.”
“In this moment of anguish, I would like to reiterate the Congress Party’s determination to be relentless in our struggle against the BJP’s dangerously divisive and polarizing agenda,” Gandhi added.

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