Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has extended support to government on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which was tabled by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha today.
Reports said all the BJD MPs voted in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the lower house of Parliament today.
The BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab said: “there is no problem in the Bill which was tabled today as it was earlier sent to the Joint Parliamentary Committee. We had proposed 3 amendments while 2 have been accepted.”
While 293 MPs voted in favour of the bill, 82 voted against it. Later, the bill was introduced in the parliament after backing majority.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill aims to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, even if they do not possess any document.
Meanwhile, tension erupted at several parts in Agartala and Assam as people irrespective of political affiliations protested against the introduction of the bill.