NEW DELHI: The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the one on banning triple talaq are set to lapse on June 3 when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends as they could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha which adjourned sine die on Wednesday. The Budget session was the last Parliament session of the present government.
The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3.
Lok Sabha polls are due this summer. Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha and pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha.
Bills passed by the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha lapse. The opposition had been opposing provisions of the two bills in Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document.
The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting the Rajya Sabha’s nod.
There has been strong opposition to the bill in Assam and other Northeastern states.