In a historic move, Parliament gave its assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 as it passed the Rajya Sabha test even as violent public protests broke out in the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura over opposition to the bill. During voting in the Rajya Sabha, 125 votes went in favour of the bill and 105 against it. Despite NDA being in a minority in the Upper House, the bill received support from friendly parties including the AIADMK, which has 11 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, while the Shiv Sena walked out before voting commenced. The controversial legislation, which has been fiercely resisted by opposition parties for being unconstitutional and discriminatory, will now need President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent for it to become law. The bill was already approved by the Lok Sabha where the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is in a majority. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 proposes to accord citizenship to illegal _____________ migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. On 12 December 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, turning it into a Citizenship Amendment, 2019 Act.
Under Citizenship Act, 1955, which of the following is not a ground to grant Indian Citizenship?
The Citizenship Act, 1955 prohibits illegal migrants from acquiring Indian citizenship. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 amends the Act to provide that the following minority groups will not be treated as illegal migrants: Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.