Chidambaram described the CAB as “patently unconstitutional” and said that the elected lawmakers were abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges.
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.
That is the price we pay for giving a party a brute majority that it uses to trample over the wishes of the States and the People.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 10, 2019
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.