Rajyasabha on Wednesday approved the citizenship (amendment) Bill, completing the Legislature procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Replying to six and half hours debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said the legislation Seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in the three countries and Not to take away citizenship of anyone. He rejected the opposition charge that the bill was against Muslims and said they have nothing to fear.

The bill was passed with 125 votes in favour and 105 against it. Besides BJP, It’s allies such as JD-U and SAD, the legislation was supported by AIADMK, BJD, TDP and YSR Congress.

‘Dark day in Indian history’, Congress President Sonia Gandhi Slams citizenship bill.

“A landmark Day for India and our Nations ethos of compassion and brotherhood! PM Modi said on Twitter.

Dreams of crores of deprived people have come true, tweets Amit Shah.

The bill will now be sent to President Ramnath kovind for his consent.

– Shivani Reddy, Rachana journalism college

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