NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday termed the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha as a landmark day for India and its ethos of compassion and brotherhood.
“A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! CAB has been passed in the RajyaSabha. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill. This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years,” he said in a tweet.
The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to give citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday with a majority of 311 votes against 80 where 391 members were present and voted. In the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, 125 MPs voted for the CAB, while 105 voted against the Bill.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi on Thursday cornered Congress on the Ayodhya issue and said that the controversy over the matter was deliberately embroiled by the opposition party and asserted that the BJP-led government resolved it peacefully.
“The controversy over the Ram Janmabhoomi, which had been going on for centuries, was deliberately embroiled by the Congress. We had said, in our manifesto, that the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute will be resolved in a peaceful manner. We kept our promise and resolved it peacefully. Now as you can see, the path for construction of a grand Ram Temple is open,” Modi said while addressing a public rally here.
Last month, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had unanimously ruled in favour of Ram Lalla and said the entire disputed land spread over 2.7 acres will be handed over to a trust formed by the government, which will monitor the construction of a Ram temple at the site.
The top court also added that an alternative five acres of land at a prominent location in Ayodhya should be allotted for the construction of a mosque following consultation between the Centre and the state government. (ANI)