Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha with 311 ayes, 80 noes

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The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) bill, which seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there, was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday with 311 MPs voting in favour and 80 against the bill, amid huge uproar from Opposition parties and protests in northeast states. BJP had issued a three-line whip to all its MPs to be present in the Parliament from December 9-11.

It will now be tabled in the Rajya Sabha to get its nod.

The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) bill aims to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act and provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. As expected, Congress is leading the protest against CAB in the House as the party believes that it is in violation of the Indian Constitution, secular ethos, culture and civilisation. 

Here is the highlights of all the updates on Winter Session of Parliament. 

10 December 2019
00:09 AM

Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 with 311 MPs voting in favour and 80 against the bill.

23:47 PM

The division of votes on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is now underway in the Lok Sabha.  

23:33 PM

Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on CAB says, "Whole of Arunachal Pradesh & Mizoram are protected by the Inner Line Permit (ILP), they have nothing to worry about. All of Nagaland, except a small part of Dimapur is also protected by Inner Line Permit, they too have nothing to worry."

23:15 PM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha says, "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."

23:13 PM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah says in the Lok Sabha, "Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is ours, the people there are also ours. Even today, we have reserved 24 seats for them in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly."

23:13 PM

Amit Shah says India will never accept Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. “Rohingyas will never be accepted. Myanmar is a secular country and the refugees come through Bangladesh. Talking about Indian Muslims, he said, “Indian minorities have nothing to fear. There is no discrimination against Muslims in India.”

23:01 PM

Refuting Congress leader Manish Tewari's statement that India has signed the UN refugee convention, Amit Shah says that Indian laws are enough to manage refugees and India did not sign any refugee convention. 

23:00 PM

Union Home Minister in Lok Sabha: In 1991, the Hindu population was 84 per cent and in 2011, it was 79%. In 1991, the Muslim population was 9.8% & today it's 14.23%. We have done no discrimination on the basis of religion and in future as well, there will be no discrimination based on religion, says Amit Shah.

22:39 PM

SS Badal of SAD says on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, "Why don't we add names of Muslims? There are cases of Muslims being persecuted within their religion. I'll give you an example of Ahmadiyya community in Punjab, Qadian is their HQ all over the world. They're minority Muslims in Pakistan."

22:39 PM

Watch: Asaduddin Owaisi tearing a copy of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha. 


21:00 PM

After tearing a copy of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi says, "Ye aur ek partition hone ja raha hai...This bill is against the Constitution of India and disrespect to our freedom fighters. I tear the bill, it is trying to divide our country."

20:39 PM

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi tore a copy of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha.

19:51 PM

Opposing the Citizenship bill, TMC's Abhishek Banerjee says in Lok Sabha, "Swami Vivekananda would be shell shocked if was here seeing this bill as it is against his idea of India. BJP's idea of India is divisive. It will be disastrous if we ignore words of Mahatma Gandhi and not heed the advice of Sardar Patel."

19:51 PM

Supriya Sule of the NCP says on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha, "Entire ethos of our democracy is equality and talking about Article 14 and 15, I am not convinced by Home Minister, it will be struck down in Supreme Court. I request him to rethink of it and please withdraw the bill."

19:49 PM

Nama Nageswara Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) says in Lok Sabha against the Citizenship bill. He says, "We oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, in line with our secular party policy. We strictly follow the provisions and spirit of the Indian Constitution."

19:48 PM

Afzal Ansari of BSP says in Lok Sabha, "The National President of BSP, Mayawati ji, had earlier only stated that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is unconstitutional and opposed it. Today as well, we stand here against the bill."

18:55 PM

Rajiv Ranjan Singh, belonging to the JDU says in Lok Sabha, "We support this bill. This bill should not be seen in the light of Indian citizens, both majority and minority. If persecuted minorities of Pakistan are given Indian citizenship then I think this is the right thing."

18:55 PM

Vinayak Raut of Shiv Sena on CAB says, "How many refugees from these six communities which are mentioned in the bill are living in India? HM has not answered this, how much will our population increase when they get citizenship? Also, what about Tamils from Sri Lanka?

18:53 PM

Midhun Reddy of YSRCP says in Lok Sabha, "We support this bill but we have certain concerns also, we expect the government to take note of our concerns. Even among Muslims, there are sects which are persecuted, we request the government to also treat them at par," in the Citizenship bill debate.

18:16 PM

The Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019, passed in Rajya Sabha

18:04 PM

Dayanidhi Maran of DMK says in Lok Sabha, "Probably the fear of the West, the fear of being isolated by West has crept into you and you had to include Christians in this bill. Also what about if Muslims from PoK want to come? What law do you have for that?" on Citizenship bill.

17:31 PM

Thokchom Radheshyam Singh, Manipur Education Minister on  Citizenship Amendment Bill says, "Already, we have been informed that there is a protection clause for the state of Manipur. The clause has been assured by the Home Minister, so we need not worry. It is for the betterment of citizens."

17:29 PM

Today Home Minister said that the Congress is responsible for the Partition on the basis of religion. I want to make it clear that the foundation for two-nation theory was laid in 1935 in Ahmedabad by Savarkar in a Hindu Mahasabha session, and not the Congress, says Manish Tewari in LS.

17:28 PM

"This is against article 14, article 15, article 21, article 25 and 26 of the Indian constitution. This bill is unconstitutional and against the basic right of equality," says Congress leader Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha.

17:28 PM

The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.

17:27 PM

We are including Manipur in the Inner Line Permit system, this big issue has now been resolved. I thank PM Modi on behalf of people of Manipur for fulfilling this long-standing demand, says Amit Shah.

17:25 PM

In 1947, all refugees which came in, all were accepted by the Indian constitution, there would hardly be any region of the country where refugees from West and East Pakistan didn't settle. From Manmohan Singh ji to LK Advani ji, all belong to this category, says Amit Shah on CAB.

17:21 PM

On CAB, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav says, "The Opposition's interpretation of the bill is wrong. It is not a bill to exclude anyone but a bill to include some of the groups."


17:20 PM

There will be no injustice to anyone with the bill, says Amit Shah.

In fact, millions of people are being provided with justice with the bill, he adds.

17:16 PM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah says, "We are not discriminating against any minority. The bill is according to our manifesto."

15:04 PM

Lok Sabha likely to resume debate on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill from 3.30 pm.

15:03 PM

Two minute silence observed in Rajya Sabha over Delhi's Anaj Mandi fire tragedy in which at least 43 people lost their lives. 

13:41 PM

Citizenship Amendment Bill crossed the first hurdle in Lok Sabha and was introduced with 293 votes to 82 against in the voting held in the House. A total of 293 votes were cast in favour of introduction of the bill in Lok Sabha against 82 votes.

13:35 PM

Lok Sabha votes in favour of discussion on Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament.

13:35 PM

Voting begins for discussion on Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha.

13:34 PM

Why do we need this Bill today? After independence, if Congress had not done partition on the basis on religion,then,today we would have not needed this Bill. Congress did partition on the basis of religion: Amit Shah 

13:33 PM

Muslim community not named in CAB even once: Amit Shah

13:09 PM

In Afghanistan,Pakistan and Bangladesh, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains have been discriminated against. So this bill will give these persecuted people citizenship. Also, the allegation that this bill will take away rights of Muslims is wrong: Amit SHah

12:46 PM

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti tweets over Citizenship Amendment Bill: One can't accuse GOI of turning India into a 'Hindu Pakistan' anymore. Pakistan's recent efforts to open Kartarpur Corridor and restoration of Hindu temples indicates change of attitude towards minorities.

12:33 PM

Copy of Citizenship Amendment Bill introduced by Amit Shah in Lok Sabha: 

12:33 PM

I am ready to answer every query but you should not stage a walkout, Amit Shah tells Opposition MPs shoting slogans against CAB.

12:32 PM

Not even point zero per cent, this Bill (Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019) is not against the minorities, says Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha during Winter Session. 

12:20 PM

Amit Shah tables Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha.

12:19 PM

Please maintain dignity of the House. India's Parliament must be a guiding light for other parliaments, says Speaker Om Birla to Opposition MPs, raising slogans against Citizenship Amendment Bill.

12:16 PM

BJP demands an apology from two Congress MPs for their alleged misconduct with Union Minister Smriti Irani in the House on December 6.

12:13 PM

Amit Shah raises Congress MP's alleged objectionable behaviour against Smriti Irani, demands suspension of the accused leaders. "A Female Minister was disrespected in Parliament. Smriti's insult is a fit case for Rule 374," Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha today.

12:13 PM

BJP demands apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan for his controversial remark against Irani. 

12:12 PM

Uproar in Lok Sabha over Congress MP Adhir Ranjan's remarks against BJP MP and Union Minister Smriti Irani. 

12:06 PM

Samajwadi Party Chief and MP from Azamgarh (UP) Akhilesh Yadav: We are against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 and the party will oppose it at all costs.

11:25 AM

Congress leader Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha during Question Hour on waiver of education loans: Unemployment rate today is at a 45-yr-old high. Given current economic slowdown. Will govt consider maintaining central database where they've info that somebody who availed education loan has got employment or not?

11:17 AM

CPI(M) demands to delete references to the mentioned countries in the bill and replace them with "all neighbouring countries". CPI(M) also wants all references to religions to be removed.

11:17 AM

CPI(M) to move two major amendments against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in both Houses of the Parliament today.

11:16 AM

Trinamool Congress gives notices in both the houses of the Parliament against the tabling of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

11:15 AM

BJP and Congress parties too issue whip to their MPs directing them to be present in the Parliament from Monday to Wednesday.

11:15 AM

Trinamool issues whips to its MPs directing them to be present in the Parliament from Monday to Thursday.

11:14 AM

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel raises the issue of Delhi fire incident which claimed 43 lives, in the House.

11:12 AM

Badruddin Ajmal, Lok Sabha MP from Dhubri, Assam on #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019: This Bill is against the Constitution and against Hindu-Muslim unity. We will reject this Bill and Opposition is with us on it. We will not let this Bill pass.

10:57 AM

MP Sonal Mansingh has given notice in Rajya Sabha over 'problem faced by musicians due to damage to instrument in Air India flight to USA.'

10:52 AM

Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Parliament. Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is in Lok Sabha's List of Business for today, to be introduced by the minister.

10:52 AM

Indian Union Muslim League party MPs hold a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.

10:44 AM

BJP candidate from Yellapur assembly constituency wins.

10:34 AM

Those supporting Citizenship bill are: 


Parties which are against Citizenship bill are: 

Congress, Trinamool Congress, RJD, DMK, Left parties and AAP. 

Parties which are yet to take a call on Citizenship bill:

Samajwadi Party, AIADMK and TRS.

10:34 AM

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 to be introduced in Lok Sabha after Question Hour.

10:30 AM

Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting the minister to include Shia community in Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.

10:29 AM

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi on Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019: This Bill is in the interest of northeast states and the country. The Bill will get nod from both the Houses of the Parliament.

10:26 AM

Congress leader Kapil Sibal tweets opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill: 

"CAB is a cab ride with a divisive driver to : destabilise destroy our polity values both societal and constitutional with an eye only on political dividends Hath milao Desh bachao !"

10:25 AM

Sources say CAB may not be applied in Manipur. Union Home Minister Amit Shah may announce this today while introducing the bill in the Parliament. 

10:25 AM

BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'demand to set up an Ahir Regiment in the Indian Army.'

10:24 AM

Trinamool Congress MP Santanu Sen has given Zero hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'change the name of state of West Bengal to 'Bengal.'

10:24 AM

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MP PK Kunhalikutty has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha opposing introduction of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019.

10:24 AM

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal hits out at central government over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, describes it as 'cab ride with a divisive driver'.