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  • 9:39 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: Pakistani Hindu refugees in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan celebrate after Parliament passes legislation for citizenship.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: PM Modi tweets

  • 9:24 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: Soon after Rajya Sabha passes the contentious legislation, soon to become a law, Home Minister Amit Shah tweets, “As the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 passes in the Parliament, the dreams of crores of deprived & victimised people has come true today.”

    “Grateful to PM Narendra Modi Ji for his resolve to ensure dignity and safety for these affected people. I thank everyone for their support,” he adds.

  • 8:55 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: Situation escalates as streets of Guwahati turn into a battlefield with thousands protesting over the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Police forces opened fire in air in certain areas as agitation refuses to subside even after an indefinite imposition of Section 144.

  • 8:50 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 with 125 ayes and 99 noes.

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  • 8:06 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: Rajya Sabha votes against sending the Citizenship Amendment Bill to a select committee.

  • 7:55 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: Voting begins in Rajya Sabha over the highly-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

  • 7:52 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: “This Bill is not going to hurt anyone’s sentiments or make people of any community upset. The people who are worried that minorities of this country will be subjected to injustice, it will not happen,” Amit Shah says.

  • 7:46 PM IST

    Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate LIVE: I’m deeply disturbed by the kind of statements that have been made in the Rajya Sabha today that destroy this country’s stand on religion, says Kapil Sibal.

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Wednesday cleared the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, that was tabled at 12 PM today, with Union home minister Amit Shah assuaging fears that Muslims will be discriminated. The legislation was passed with 125 votes in favour, while 99 voted against it.

The Bill that seeks to give citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zorastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was on Monday passed in Lok Sabha after a day-long heated argument over it. The Bill was passed with a majority of 311 votes against 80 in the presence of 391 members.

To get the Bill passed in Rajya Sabha, the BJP needed the support of at least 123 MPs in the 245-member House. The BJP earlier said it is confident of the passage of the Bill as the ruling NDA has the numbers. The effective strength of the Rajya Sabha is 238. The current strength of the NDA is 105 in Rajya Sabha, including 83 members of the BJP, six of Janata Dal (U), three of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one each from LJP and RPI(A) and 11 nominated MPs.