NEW DELHI: After a marathon debate that went past midnight, the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by an overwhelming majority — 311 ayes and 80 nays. In his reply to the over sixhour- long debate, Union home minister Amit Shah vowed to implement the National Register for Citizens and asserted that Rohingya Muslims would never get citizenship in India. “Nagaland and Mizoram are protected by Inner Line Permit (ILP) and will continue to remain so.
Keeping in mind the feelings of Manipur, we’re including them in the ILP as well,” Shah said. Claiming he had the popular mandate to fulfill the BJP manifesto, which had promised the CAB, Shah said no one ought be worried though attempts were being made to fan insecurity in certain parts of the country. Shah was categorical that Rohingya Muslims would never be granted citizenship, while reiterating that the government will not tinker with Article 371, which deals with provisions for the Northeast.
He also clarified that the bill seeks to grant citizenship to a special class of religiously persecuted people from three countries, while extensively illustrating instances of the population of minorties in Muslim majority nations sharply declining, including destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhist shrine by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Participating in the debate, Congress leader Manish Tewari argued that it was V D Savarkar who was responsible for the two-nation theory. He called the Bill a monumental blunder.