Rajnath Singh: Citizenship Bill applies to whole nation

Jan 10, 2019, 11:19 IST | Agencies

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Rajya Sabha that "misconception" is being spread about the Bill

Rajnath Singh: Citizenship Bill applies to whole nation
Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Parliament Winter Session. Pic/PTI

Commenting on the reports of violence in the northeastern states as a result of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 being passed in the Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that "misconception" is being spread about the Bill.

He said the Bill, which seeks to remove hurdles in the way of eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan getting Indian citizenship, was not confined to Assam or the northeastern states but will apply to all states and union territories.

"The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam and northeastern states alone would not have to bear the entire burden and the government is committed to providing all help to the state government and the people of Assam.

"The purpose is that the migrants facing persecution anywhere in the country can apply for Indian citizenship. After that they can live in any state of the country like an Indian citizen," the minister said.

His statement came after violent incidents were reported from some northeastern states including Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya after the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday amid objections raised by the Opposition parties.

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