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LS passes citizenship (amendment) bill

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A bill seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangaldesh, and was approved by the on Tuesday.

Piloting the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, told the Opposition that the bill was not against the provisions of the Constitution and would give succour to persecuted minorities in the three neighbouring countries.

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

"They have no place to go to, except India," he said, adding several leaders including were in favour of giving shelter to persecuted minorities in the neighouring countries.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 17:41 IST