The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier this year but lapsed with the term of the previous Lok Sabha in the first term of the Narendra Modi government in the Centre.
The bill has evoked mixed reactions from the various sections of the society and the political parties.
While BJP, which made it a part of its election promise both in 2014 and 2019, had issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs asking them to be present in the House when the bill is introduced on Monday till December 12, reveals its intent to clear the bill, the Congress and other regional parties from the North-East have been vocal in opposing it from the very start.
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday submitted a notice in the Lok Sabha to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at the introduction stage on the grounds that it “violates” the fundamental right to equality.
On Sunday, leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, had said that the party will oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill “tooth and nail” in Parliament, alleging that it is in “violation” of the Indian Constitution.
“We will oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill tooth and nail because it is in violation of our Constitution, secular ethos, tradition, culture and civilisation,” he told reporters after the Congress parliamentary strategy group meeting held at interim party president Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence here.
Several Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Gaurav Gogoi and AK Antony had taken part in the meeting held at Gandhi’s residence.
The issue of CAB also divided the one-time allies, with parties like the BSP, first terming the bill “divisive and unconstitutional” and then went on to add that it would support it “if the central government takes the right decision for the benefit of the country and its people.”
A move that may embarrass the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra, the Sena have decided to back the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which the Congress brands as “unconstitutional”.
On Monday, Shiv Sena’s face in the Parliament Sanjay Raut took to Twitter to announce the same.