Speaking on the bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it will pave way for the religious minorities---the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis--- from these states to get Indian citizenship.
The bill was tabled after it was cleared by a joint parliamentary committee.
Introduction of the bill was vehemently objected to by the opposition.
The Congress said many states have opposed the bill and it should be sent to a select committee.
TMC's Saugata Roy dubbed the bill as "divisive" and "insidious" and said it goes against the basic tenents of the constitution.
Seeking to assuage concerns, the Home Minister said: "The burden of illegal immigrants will not borne by Assam, it will be shared by different states".
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