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Home Minister Rajnath to table Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha today

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Amid discordant notes from different political quarters and massive backlash in northeastern states, will table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the on Tuesday.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and who came to before December 31, 2014.

In view of the volatile situation in the northeastern state Manipur, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in East and West Imphal districts.

As per the orders of the district magistrate, "Section-144 is imposed in Imphal till 12 February 2019 until further orders due to the situation arising out of intense agitation launched by various organisations against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha."

and his counterpart N Biren Singh voiced their opposition to during their meeting with Singh here recently, and urged him to not press for in the

Replying to the debate on in the Lok Sabha on January 8, Singh had said: "The Act will not be confined to Assam, migrants can reside in any State; burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country."

Moving the Bill, the had clarified: "The beneficiaries of can reside in any state of the country. The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country."

"alone would not have to bear the entire burden and the is committed to giving all help to the and people of Assam," Singh had said.

Dispelling the misgivings, Singh had highlighted the discrimination and religious persecution faced by these communities in these countries. They have no place to go to, except India, he said.

"The Act will provide relief to persecuted migrants who have come through western borders of the country to states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and other states," he had said.

Addressing a rally in Guwahati recently, had also dispelled apprehensions about the Bill, saying that the rights of the people of and that of other northeastern states would remain intact.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 11:08 IST