HOW THE NDA MARSHALLED THE NUMBERS 125 AYES 99 NAYS NDA+ BJP 82 AIADMK 11 BJD 7 JD (U) 6 SAD 3 LJP 1 AGP 1 NPF 1 PMK 1 RPI 1 BPF 1 Independent 3 Nominated 2 SDF 1 TDP 2 YSRCP 2 MADURAI THURSDAY DECEMBER 12, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION We have included six religions. There is no appreciation. The only focus is on Muslims.... Are Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan minorities? Sri Lankan Tamils didn’t come to India due to religious persecution. They came here due to a full-fledged war in the country Who says that Muslims are not persecuted in the countries you have chosen? And why have Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar been excluded? Amit Shah, BJP Subramanian Swamy, BJP Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress vs OPPOSITION Congress 46 TMC 12 SP 6 TRS 6 CPI (M) 5 DMK 5 BSP 2 NCP 2 RJD 4 AAP 3 PDP 2 CPI 1 JD(S) 1 MDMK 1 Nominated 1 IUML 1 Kerala Congress 1 WALK OUT Shiv Sena 3 Total strength 227 A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #RajyaSabha. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister This bill is exclusive and divisive. It weakens our culture and ethos. It will have consequences that we cannot even imagine We don’t need any certificate to prove how patriotic and how staunch Hindu we are I see an eerie similarity between concentration camps & detention camps in Northeast The government is trying to make India Muslim-mukt to fulfil Jinnah’s dream Kapil Sibal, Congress Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena Derek O’Brien, TMC Javed Ali Khan, SP CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI CAB clears Parliament test, Oppn to knock SC door Govt manages to get it passed in Rajya Sabha though the NDA on its own does not have majority; Sena opposes but stages walkout SANA SHAKIL & RICHA SHARMA @ New Delhi A protestor throws a teargas shell back towards the security forces during their protest march, near Janata Bhawan in Guwahati on Wednesday | PTI Assam burns, Army deployed in 3 places P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati Student protesters Most of the protesters who took to the streets in Guwahati on Wednesday were students of the Cotton University ARMY was called in at Guwahati, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts on Wednesday even as police clamped indefinite curfew in Guwahati after protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill turned violent. Two columns of the Army were deployed in Guwahati, where they staged flag marches. Meanwhile, troops of the Assam Rifles — a paramilitary force commanded by Army officials — were pressed into service in Tripura, which also witnessed widespread protests against CAB. Mobile inter net services have been suspended till Thursday 7 pm in 10 Assam districts — Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup. Internet services have already been suspended in Tripura till Thursday 2 pm. On Wednesday, protesters had blocked almost every road in Guwahati and Assam capital Dispur by placing burning discarded tyres, leaving officegoers stranded. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal was stranded at the Guwahati airport for a long SC clears decks for rural local body polls on December 27, 30 spective of the number of seats determined by the delimitation commission after carrying out delimitation.” Later in the day SEC assert, ed that elections to rural local bodies will be held as scheduled on December 27 and 30 since it has already complied with the directive of the Supreme Court that delimitation and reservation process should be done on the basis of 2011 census and issued notifications last year. However, the DMK, which moved SC against the fresh notification issued for rural local body elections, remained unconvinced about the information that the court had given a go-ahead for the polls. DMK chief MK Stalin said the full details of SC ruling is yet P5 to be received. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai ‘DMK given a drubbing’ Law Minister CVe Shanmugam said in New Delhi, “The DMK has received a severe drubbing from the SC today. The court has given a clear directive for conducting the elections.” AT last, elections to local bodies in Tamil Nadu have become a certainty after eight years as the Supreme Court has refused to stay the notification issued for polls to rural local bodies in 27 districts. The SC also reduced the time given for completing delimitation in the rest of the nine districts from four months to three months. A bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, in its order on Wednesday, said, “After hearing the arguments, we feel that the interest of justice is subserved by issuing a direction to the respondents (State government and poll panel) to apply 2011 census to all impending elections irre- EXPRESS READ 61-year-old man held for sexually assaulting minor over six months Data protection bill sent to joint Parl panel Coimbatore: Police arrested a 61-year-old man for sexually assaulting a minor girl over the past six months. The man, a neighbour, started talking to the 15-year-old girl after befriending the family. After establishing contact, he reportedly lured her into having sex with him. It was on Monday that the mother checked the girl’s phone and found a few call recordings, where the man was heard asking the girl for sexual favours. New Delhi: Amid Opposition’s claims that it breached personal privacy, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday referred the Personal Data Protection Bill to a joint select committee. The panel will have 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha | P7 time due to protests. The protestors burnt vehicles, pelted stones at the security personnel and broke security barricades several times in Guwahati. Police had to open fire in Dispur after water cannons, baton-charge and tear gas failed to rein protests in. The protesters also marched to the house of Union Minister Rameshwar Teli at Duliajan in Dibrugarh and set fire to a portion of the house. The police opened fire and some protesters were injured. The officer who led the police team also sustained a bullet injury in the incident. Nanavati clean chit to Modi in 2002 riots EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai THE Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 Gujarat riots which claimed over 1,000 lives, has cleared the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modiled government of all charges of omission and commission. The report was tabled in the Gujarat Assembly by Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja Wednesday, five years after it was submitted to the then government and 17 years after the riots shook the state. The Commission was appointed in 2002 by Modi to probe the riots that took place after the burning of two coaches of Sabarmati Express near Godhra, in which 59 ‘karsevaks’ were killed. The panel, comprising former SC Justice G T Nanavati and ex-Gujarat High Court Justice Akshay Mehta, said, “There is no evidence to show these attacks were either inspired or instigated or abetted by any minister of the state.” It, however, said police at some places were ineffective in controlling the mob as they were not properly armed. DEBT BURDEN Parents forcibly marry off minor Dalit girl A R A V I N D R A J @ Karur Girl not pregnant A senior police officer said medical tests were conducted on the girl and she was not pregnant. PARENTS of a 13-year-old Dalit girl, who got her married to a relative of theirs as they couldn’t repay a debt of `15,000, were arrested on Wednesday. The police also arrested the girl’s husband, her in-laws and and booked cases against 20 villagers who conducted the marriage on June 26. According to police, the girl was studying in a government school at Eruthikonapatti village. Her father Samy* (45) and mother Valli (40) are daily wage labourers. They got the girl forcibly married to Subramani (23), the son of Murugan (45) and Anjugam (40) of Goundanur in Dindigul district. Subramani had also forced the girl to have physical relationship with him. Officials of the Social Welfare Department, along with police, rescued the girl. The matter was taken to the Kulithalai All Women Police Station on Tuesday evening. Police arrested Samy, Valli, Subramani, Murgan and An- jugam on Wednesday. They were booked under Child Marriage Restraint Act 2006 and POCSO Act 2012. An officer told Express, “Subramani was Samy’s nephew. They said child marriage was common in their family. The girl, who had come to her parents’ home during Deepavali, refused to go back to her husband’s place. Despite her refusal, they had forced her to leave. So the girl filed a complaint against them.” *Names changed MAHA IPS OFFICER RESIGNS Abdur Rehman, Inspector General of Police Mumabi, resigned on Wednesday to mark his protest against CAB. Rahman has been serving in different capacities in the Maharashtra cadre for over 21 years THE contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after a heated debate lasting nearly nine hours with Opposition members calling the Bill ‘anti-Constitutional’, ‘divisive’ and ‘anti-Muslim’ but the government insisting nobody should feel threatened as it is only meant to protect ‘persecuted minorities’ from three neighbouring countries. The decision to make the Bill a law came after the Upper House rejected motions by Opposition leaders to send it to a select committee. The Opposition is now planning to challenge the Bill in the Supreme Court, with many of them even arguing it won’t stand judicial scrutiny . As protests raged in Assam and other parts of the Northeast, the Bill was passed with 125 voting in favour of the motion and 99 against it. The Bill sailed through the Upper House, where the Centre is short of a majority with , the support of the BJD, YSRCP and the TDP . The Shiv Sena opposed the Bill in the Upper House but walked out at the time of voting. The Sena had voted in its favour in the Lok Sabha. Union Home Minister Amit Shah criticised the Sena’s U-turn, wondering if power makes people change overnight. While Shah said the passage of the Bill would bring a new dawn for thousands of refugees, the Opposition said it would be a dark and long night for those left out. “We have included six religions. There is no appreciation. The only focus is on Muslims.... Are Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan minorities? Will it be secularism only if Muslims are included? As per your definition, only if Muslims come, then it will be secularism,” Shah said, adding that in the past five years, over 500 Muslims have been accorded Indian citizenship. Asserting that Muslims need not fear, Shah said: “This bill will not hurt the sentiments of any community. I want to assure the Muslims that there will be no injustice to them. This Bill is not about snatching anybody’s rights.” Several MPs from the Northeast, including from the BJP, highlighted the protests against the Bill and urged the government to allay the fears of the agitators. Ripun Bora, Congress MP from Assam, said the law would undermine the claim of Indian Hindus in his state. “Assam is burning. Northeast is burning. By the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, you are going to force our Indian Hindu people to become foreigners. This is only for political polarisation.” Slamming the Bill, senior Congress leader P Chidamabaram said, “What we are doing here is wrecking the Constitution from within. Hopefully, the judiciary will strike it down and save India and the idea of India.” Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien compared the Bill to the laws passed in Nazi Germany and made an emotional appeal to the conscience of JD(U) and BJD members. DMK’s Tiruchi Siva asked why the Centre had cherrypicked only three countries and ignored Hindu minorities in Bhutan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. “There is a sense of apprehension among Muslims who are living under fear.” Calling it a sad day BSP’s S C , Mishra said the Bill was against the Preamble of the P9 Constitution.
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