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  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday hailed the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act as "historic" in his address to joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, prompting protests by some opposition members.

    Amid pan-India agitations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday called for raising the "level of protests", saying "as long as freedoms are denied to any number of people, the whole population is denied freedom".

    Kerala Governor Mohammed Arif Khan, who has been at loggerheads with the government over the resolution passed by the assembly and the petition moved in the Supreme court against the law, said though he has his "reservations and disagreement" over the subject, he would read paragraph 18 of the policy address, to "honour" the Chief Minister's wish.

    After JDU supported the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act in both Houses of Parliament, Prashant Kishor had taken a diametrically opposite stand, Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar on Tuesday sought to distance himself from the vice-president and ‘poll strategist’.

    Those applying for citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act are likely to be asked to swear allegiance to the Constitution and furnish proof of their religion and date of entry into India.

    The Bill which was cleared in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday saw 125 MPs voting in its favour and 99 against it. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

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    Congress fielded several leaders to speak on the bill, with party’s deputy leader Anand Sharma being the first speaker. He demanded that the bill be referred to a select committee for scrutiny. Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien said Citizenship Bill cannot be delinked from NRC while Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut cautioned the government against teaching it Hindutva.

    The Upper House witnessed strong opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment ), 2019 from the Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP, DMK, BSP, RJD, JDS, AAP, MDMK, TRS, IUML and SDP during the six-hour-long debate on the controversial legislation.

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