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    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha clears Citizenship Amendment Bill with 311 votes in favour, and 80 against the controversial bill. The bill will now be taken to Rajya Sabha for discussion.

  • 11:58 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: A clause by clause division of votes on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is now underway in the Lok Sabha.

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    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: “There is a difference between Article 370 and Article 371. Let me assure you, we will never touch Article 371,” the Home Minister says.

  • 11:13 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: It is not possible to include Rohingyas because India will never accept Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, says Amit Shah. “There is a difference between a refugee and an infiltrator. Those who come here due to persecution, to save their religion & the honour of the women of their family, they are refugees and those who come here illegally are infiltrators,” he adds.

  • 11:09 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: “There is no discrimination against Muslims in India,” alleges HM Amit Shah in Lok Sabha.

  • 11:07 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan are all Islamic nations. This Bill aims to make citizens out of minorities and restore their rights and respects. The number of minorities in Pakistan reduced from 23% to 3%. The number of minorities in Bangladesh has also gone down. These minorities need to be protected,” Shah says.

  • 10:55 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: “In 1991, the Hindu population was 84 % & in 2011, it was 79%. In 1991, the Muslim population was 9.8 % & today it’s 14.23 %. We have done no discrimination on basis of religion & in future as well, there will be no discrimination based on religion,” says Amit Shah.

  • 10:42 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session LIVE Updates: HM Amit Shah in his address says that contradictory to the Opposition’s comments, CAB does not violate Article 14. “Under no dimension, this bill is unconstitutional”, it says.

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday passed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament, succeeding a long and fiery debate. The ruling BJP had earlier all issued whip to all its Lok Sabha members to remain present in the House for three days starting today.

At the prospect, parliament is witnessing a heated debate amid objections by the opposition and extensive protests in the Northeast over the Bill. Notably, the people in the Northeast have opposed the Bill, saying it will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.

The citizenship bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, in order to grant Indian nationality to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who come to India due to religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they don’t possess proper documents.

It is expected to sail through the Lok Sabha as the BJP has a majority in the Lower House. What remains to be seen is the bill clearing the Rajya Sabha, as the government does not have a majority here.