Protesters in India claim victory as citizenship bill stalls

Source: Reuters

By Zarir Hussain

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – Protesters in northeast India claimed victory on Wednesday after a bill that the government says will help Hindus in neighboring countries settle in India lapsed before it could be ratified by parliament.

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Students shout slogans during a protest to demand the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a bill passed by India’s lower house of parliament that aims to give citizenship to non-Muslims from neighbouring countries, in Nagaon district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika

The Citizenship Amendment Bill is aimed at helping Hindus and members of other non-Muslim minority communities in neighboring Muslim countries move to India.

But critics say the legislation is as an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) burnish its Hindu-nationalist credentials ahead of a general election, that must be held by May.

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Categories: Asia, India

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