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    Citizenship Bill: Hashtags Trend; Cottonians Burn Bill Copies

    While 293 votes were in favour of the tabling of Bill in Lok Sabha, only 82 votes were against the introduction of Bill in the House

    The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill touched a deep chord among the netizens on December 9th, 2019 with over 27,000 tweets and counting soon after Union Home Amit Shah tabled the Bill in the Lok Sabha.

    At the time of filing this report, #CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019 has been tweeted over 31,000 times. #VoteAgainstCAB has also been tweeted over 18,000 times.

    While 293 votes were in favour of the tabling of Bill in Lok Sabha, only 82 votes were against the introduction of Bill in the House.

    The Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there has triggered widespread protests in Assam. The introduction of the bill was vehemently objected to by the opposition.

    On the other hand, the students of the prestigious Cotton University in Guwahati burnt copies of the Bill and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments in the State and Centre. The students also shouted anti-government slogans.

    A large section of people in Assam have been protesting against the Bill, saying it is against the secular characteristics of the Constitution of India and it would nullify the historic 1985 Assam Accord under which any foreign national, irrespective of religion, who had entered the state after 1971 should be deported.

    Additional inputs: @smitaranideka

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