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Citizenship bill protest: BJP lawmakers rush to Assam to assuage concerns

Violent protests in Assam have dampened the euphoria over the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, compelling the BJP to dispatch its MPs from the state to assuage concerns on the ground. The party is pulling out all the stops to assure that the legislation – that seeks to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh – does not target minorities or change the demographics in the Northeastern states.

BJP pulls off another Rajya Sabha coup without a majority

A little over six months after returning to power at the Centre with an unprecedented majority, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government has been able to fulfil three longstanding promises that were part of its election manifestos over the years and anchored in the ideological foundations of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its mentor.

Citizenship amended

Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill granting citizenship to religious minorities from three Muslim-majority countries in India’s neighbourhood, as the government rushed troops to the North-east to contain protesters who went on a rampage against the controversial legislation that opposition parties called divisive and unconstitutional.

Analysis: As Maharashtra BJP gets ready to sit in Opposition, internal rumblings break out within the state unit

There is little doubt that former minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Eknath Khadse from Maharashtra, sidelined for the last three years by his party leadership and frustrated with this treatment, is talking shop with both Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena. The former Leader of Opposition, considered to be from the Gopinath Munde camp is likely to quit his parent party of 40 years, if he gets a cabinet ministerial portfolio from either NCP or Sena, admit BJP insiders.

Nanavati Commission findings expected: Cong

New DelhiThe Congress on Wednesday questioned the final report of the Nanavati Commission on the 2002 Godhra train-burning incident and the ensuing Gujarat riots, which was tabled in the state assembly on Wednesday by minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja.

JDU orders its leaders to fall in line on CAB, Prashant Kishor steps over it

As the voices of dissent continue to rise in ruling JD (U) over the party’s support to Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), party’s state president and Rajya Sabha MP Bashistha Narain Singh has advised leaders to exercise restraint while airing their views. “Our is a democratic set up. I will ask all leaders to keep their views on party forum and not toe a line which is different from the party’s official stand,” Singh said on Wednesday.