NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to organise a series of zonal workshops on Citizenship (Amendment) Act across country.
As per the schedule, the workshops would be organised in Lucknow on December 14, Delhi and Mumbai on December 15, Bengaluru and Kolkata on December 16 and in Guwahati on December 18.
"As directed by the national working president JP Nadda, it has been decided to take the provisions of this Act down to the masses and explain how the persecuted minorities will be empowered and granted Indian citizenship through this Act. It has been decided to organise six zonal workshops," said a communique from BJP Headquarters to all state in-charges, state presidents, and state general secretaries among others.
The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 became an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave his assent to it.
The Bill sailed through both the Houses of Parliament as it was passed by Rajya Sabha on December 11 and in Lower House on December 9.
As many as 125 members of the Upper House voted in favour of the Bill while 105 MPs voted against the Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha earlier this week
According to the Act, members of the Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities who have come from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
According to the report, opposition parties and locals in northeastern states are staging protest against the Bill in different regions. Curfew has been imposed in few districts of Assam in the wake of protests after the passage of the CAB in Rajya Sabha.
With inputs from Agency
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