The Modi government requires the support of at least 123 MPs in the 245-member House to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha
Indore: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya slammed the opposition leaders for their objections over the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 and said that with their stance on the issue, the 'real faces of the Congress and other parties have been revealed'.
"Congress has no ideology of its own. They ally with any party, be it Muslim league in Kerala or Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. They want to be in power. The true face of the Opposition party leaders is revealed. Everything is now in front of the public," he said.
The BJP leader also slammed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for issuing statements against the Citizenship Bill and said that the state government has no role in implementing the Bill.
"In our federal structure, state government does not have any right in implementing the Bill or making new laws. It is up to the Parliament to decide. Being a chief minister, it is not appropriate for Mamata Ji to give such statements. She should not say such things in public," he said.
The Bill, which seeks to give citizenship to refugees from the Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zorastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday (December 9).
Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Bill with a majority of 311 votes against 80 votes in the Lower House.
The cut-off date for getting citizenship under the Bill is December 31, 2014.
Meanwhile, according to sources, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, where the Modi government will require the support of at least 123 MPs in the 245-member House to pass the Bill.
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Last Updated Dec 10, 2019, 4:38 PM IST