Parliament LIVE: Citizenship Amendment Bill Passed, Debate on 10% Quota for EWS General Category Starts
Introduction of the bill was vehemently objected to by the opposition. The Congress said many states have opposed the bill and it should be sent to a select committee. With Speaker Sumitra Mahajan not heeding to the demand, the Congress staged a walkout. TMC's Saugata Roy dubbed the bill as "divisive" and "insidious" and said it goes against the basic tenets of the constitution.
The legislation has resulted in protests, primarily in Assam and several parts of north-east India. BJP's ally in the state, the Asom Gano Parishad has withdrawn support from the state government over the issue, whereas the Shiv Sena and the NDA too have opposed the legislation. Seeking to assuage concerns, the Home Minister said: "The burden of illegal immigrants will not borne by Assam, it will be shared by different states".