Chidambaram Calls Citizenship Bill Patently Unconstitutional; Says Battleground to Shift to SC

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P. Chidambaram.– File photo

Chidambaram described the CAB as “patently unconstitutional” and said that the elected lawmakers were abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges.

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NEW DELHI — Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has strongly criticised the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha and said that the elected lawmakers were abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges.

Describing the Bill as “patently unconstitutional” on Tuesday, Chidambaram said with its passage in Parliament, the battleground will shift to the Supreme Court, reports PTI.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with 311 members favouring it, 80 voting against it and zero abstentions, after a heated debate.

In a tweet Chidambaram, after the passage of the controversial Bill, CAB, said that this is the price we are paying for giving a party a brute majority.

The proposed legislation give green signal to members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, Muslims excluded,  who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan by December 31, 2014 and faced religious persecution in those countries, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and given the Indian citizenship.

 

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