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LS passes citizenship amendment bill; Rajnath says it won't hurt Assam

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 was not against the provisions of the Constitution and would give succour to persecuted minorities in the three neighbouring countries, said Rajnath Singh.

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Rajnath Singh

The on Tuesday passed a bill that gives Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Bangaldesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but is bitterly opposed in and others places in northeast India.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 was not against the provisions of the Constitution and would give succour to persecuted minorities in the three neighbouring countries, said Home Minister in

The Bill provides for according citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 years even if they do not possess any document.

"They have no place to go except India," Singh said. "The beneficiaries of the bill can reside in any state of the country." But there is significant opposition to the proposal, in particular in Assam, where residents have for years complained that from Bangladesh have put a big strain on resources.

Singh tried to reassure it would not have to bear any burden alone.

"The burden of those persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. alone should not have to bear the entire burden," he said.

(With inputs from PTI and Reuters)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 17:52 IST
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