The winter session of parliament, which will run till December 13, starts today amid concerns over the slowing economy, rising unemployment, farmers’ distress and the continued detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government is unlikely to table the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on the first day. As per reports, the Bill is not listed for re-introduction on Monday, though several Bills that lapsed during the previous Narendra Modi government are proposed to be re-introduced along with several ordinances.
Nearly 50 bills are scheduled to be presented in this session of parliament, including the crucial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan if they fled their respective countries due to religious persecution.
The bill met with heavy resistance when it was last in parliament, with the opposition criticising it as discriminatory on religious grounds.