Imphal, Feb 5.
Amidst hue and cry in the North East states of India demanding withdrawal of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 passed by the Lok Sabha on Jan 8 this year, the BJP government is all set to present it in the ongoing Rajya Sabha and is confident of passing it.
As per report by news agency BJP General Secretary in-charge of North East Ram Madhav had stated that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (CAB) will be placed in Rajya Sabha for approval in the ongoing session as supplementary bill as talks are on with aggrieved parties to find a middle ground which will satisfy all.
An Assam based newspaper Pratadin reported that the Bill will be tabled at the Rajya Sabha on February 12, the penultimate day before the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die.
The UNI also quote Ram Madav as saying – “Home Ministry is talking to all the stakeholders and we are hopeful that a middle ground will be found soon which will pave the way for passing of the bill in upper house.”
Mr Madhav added though the bill was not listed in the business list of the Rajya Sabha, it could be introduced in the upper house as supplementary bill anytime during the session, the report added.
According to another news source, the BJP is now confident that the Bill will get passage in the Rajya Sabha as they are calculating to get majority number after the BJP had garner support of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The report said that both the party will abstained from voting while passing of the Bill. If both the party abstained from voting than supporters of the CAB gets 123 while those opposed the Bill will reduce number to 103. It is also learnt from reliable source that even the NPF MPs may abstain from voting in the passing of the CAB 2016.