The Bill says that the amendments if approved will not apply to tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura as included in the sixth schedule of the Constitution and States of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland that are protected by the Inner Line Permit (ILP). We do not have access to the exact text of the current version of the Bill.
Tharoor said even if the Bill is passed by both the Houses of Parliament, he is confident that no bench of the Supreme Court will allow such a "blatant violation" of the fundamental tenets of India's Constitution to go unchecked.
The bill will be tabled in Lok Sabha tomorrow and in the upper house of Parliament - the Rajya Sabha - on Dec 11 (Wednesday). After Independence, had Congress not done partition on the basis of religion, then today we would have not needed this Bill.
Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to introduce the legislation for consideration and passage. A copy of the Bill was circulated to all parliamentarians last week, after the Cabinet gave a go-ahead on December 4.More news: Democrats zoom in on Trump impeachment charges this week
Giving Indian citizenship to "Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution" was part of the manifesto of the BJP ahead of a general election in May 2019 that the nationalist party swept.
The scholars' note, shared in full below, also calls attention to this aspect of the Bill and states that it violates the spirit of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. The claims that this Bill has taken away the rights of the Muslims are wrong. "This law is against everything our founding fathers including Dr.Ambedkar envisioned".
The CAB was first introduced in 2016 by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but was withdrawn after an alliance partner withdrew support and protests flared in India's remote and ethnically diverse northeast region.
In Assam, the Bill is facing huge protests with the people saying that the Bill will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.More news: WADA bans Russian Federation from worldwide sporting events for four years
Shashi Tharoor, whose Congress party has chose to oppose the bill, called it a "fundamentally unconstitutional" piece of legislation. The stated intent of the Bill is to provide refuge to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries.
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