Amid rampant violence in the Northeast, President Ram Nath Kovind approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill-2019, the next day after he passed from the Rajya Sabha. With this, it became law and paved the way for granting Indian citizenship to minority refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Despite heavy opposition from the opposition, the government had passed the bill in Lok Sabha on Monday and Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. This law came into force with the publication of Gazette. The new law will change the Citizenship Act 1955. Under this, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not be considered as illegal intruders, but will be given Indian citizenship due to persecution on the basis of religion till 31 December 2014.
This law came into force with the publication of Gazette.
Congress in preparation for going to court
The Congress is preparing to go to court to protest against this bill. Senior Congress leader and Kapil Sibal, who is strongly opposed to the bill in Rajya Sabha, was asked if he would challenge it in court and said he would see. Abhishek Manu Singhvi says that the bill is likely to be challenged in court. P Chindabaram has also hinted to challenge the bill in court by tweeting.