After passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha, the real test of the government is in Rajya Sabha. The bill will be introduced in Rajya Sabha this afternoon. Government had managed to get this bill passed in Lok Sabha by 311 votes on Monday. The government does not have a majority in the upper house. Due to this, it will be necessary to take other parties along. The government’s strategy is that the way the triple talaq bill and section 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was passed in the Rajya Sabha. Under the same plan, the government will get this bill passed as well.
Difficulties increased after Shiv Sena’s demand
The Citizenship Amendment Bill proposes granting Indian citizenship to the Hindu, Jain, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Muslim community is excluded from this bill. The Shiv Sena said that unless the government does not pay attention to our demands, this bill will be opposed.
Parties stand with BJP
In Rajya Sabha, BJP 83, JDU 6, AIADMK 11, BJD 7, SAD 3, RPI 1, LJP 1, YSR Congress 2, TDP 2, AGP 1, BPF 1, NPF 1 , SDF 1, nominated 3 members, independents and 4 other members along with a total of 127 MPs who can vote in favor of the bill. But two MPs from the government side can also be absent due to health reasons.
Equation of opposition
In opposition to the bill, 46 of Congress, 13 of TMC, 4 of NCP, 9 of SP, 3 of AAP, 4 of BSP, 1 of CPI, 5 of CPM, 5 of DMK, 1 of IUML, 2 of PDP, 2 of JDS. 1, Kerala Congress 1, MDMK 1, PMK 1, RJD 4, Shiv Sena 3, TRS 6, 1 nominated member and 2 Independents and other 113 Rajya Sabha members. All members of the opposition can be present in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.