At the time when the Centre is planning to bring the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) during the ongoing winter session of the Parliament, the opposition has taken it up with the Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to ensure that the government does not spring surprises by bringing it without following laid procedures.
The opposition raised the matter during the business advisory committee meeting which was held to discuss the agenda for next week. A leader of opposition said, “The opposition told Naidu that he should talk to the government to avoid springing surprises with respect to CAB. The chair told the government that parliamentary procedures are followed while introducing bills.”
The leader also stated that the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 was tabled in the Rajya Sabha without even circulating the Bill to members in the upper house adding that the bill was brought even without cabinet clearance.
The Centre has been pushing for the Bill while the opposition has expressed reservations. However, there has been strong opposition in Assam and other Northeastern states against the Bill. PM Narendra Modi had announced that the Bill is an “atonement of the wrong that was done during India’s partition. India will safeguard all who had been victims of the Partition”.