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Govt to refer Citizenship Amendment Bill to committee

Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress urge the government to refer it to a Joint Parliamentary Committee or Standing Committee

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Publish Date: Aug 11 2016 2:01PM | Updated Date: Aug 11 2016 5:46PM

Govt to refer Citizenship Amendment Bill to committee

 The Opposition parties opposed the moving of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha, on Thursday compelling the government to say it will refer it to Parliamentary panel.

 
Government had listed the bill for consideration and passing.
 
Soon after the papers were tabled in the House after question hour, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab to raise his objections regarding its introduction.
 
"This bill needs proper scrutinization. Specific amendments have been listed in it. It needs a proper discussion. I would request the government to form a joint committee and refer the matter to it and it should discuss the matter in a time bound manner," Mahtab said.
 
Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress also urged the government to refer it to a Joint Parliamentary Committee or the Standing Committee.
 
Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindhia said: "We support this bill but there are many shortcomings... So, the matter should either be referred to a Joint Select Committee or Parliamentary Standing Committee."
 
The Citizenship Act, 1955, provides a number of ways in which citizenship may be acquired.
 
Mohammad Salim of CPI-M and Sudip Bandopadhyay of Trinamool also made a similar demand.
 
Responding to Opposition parties, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "If members wish to refer the bill to a Joint Committee of Parliament, the government has no objections."