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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill introduced in Lok Sabha amid

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government Tuesday introduced in the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, that seeks to to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, and

Speaking on the bill, 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 said many states have opposed the bill and it should be sent to a select committee.

With not heeding to the demand, the staged a walkout.

TMC's Saugata Roy dubbed the bill as "divisive" and "insidious" and said it goes against the basic tenents of the constitution.

The legislation has resulted in protests, primarily in and several parts of north-east

BJP's ally in the state, the Asom Gano Parishad has withdrawn support from the over the issue, whereas the and the NDA too have opposed the legislation.

Seeking to assuage concerns, the said: "The burden of illegal immigrants will not borne by Assam, it will be shared by different states".

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 16:30 IST