New Delhi, India – India’s decrease Home of Parliament (Lok Sabha) has handed the controversial Citizenship Modification Invoice (CAB), which can grant citizenship to spiritual minorities from neighbouring international locations, with authorized specialists saying it violates the nation’s secular structure.
The invoice, which seeks to amend the 1955 citizenship regulation, goals to provide citizenship to “persecuted” minorities – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, however excludes Muslims.
After being accepted 311-80 by the decrease chamber on Monday, the invoice will now go to the higher Home, the place the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) lacks a majority.
Opposition events say the invoice is discriminatory because it singles out Muslims in an formally secular nation of 1.three billion folks. Muslims type practically 15 % of the inhabitants.
Critics level out that the transfer is a part of a Hindu supremacist agenda pushed by the federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi because it got here to energy practically six years in the past.
‘Technique to polarise India’
Sanjay Jha, spokesperson of the principle opposition Congress celebration, instructed Al Jazeera that the CAB is “a part of a deeper divisive BJP’s political technique to polarise India”.
“Therefore the exclusionary ingredient of faith in CAB,” he mentioned. “The political enterprise mannequin of the BJP is to maintain India on a everlasting boil, elevating the communal temperatures excessive throughout elections.”
Final month, Minister of Residence Affairs…