*Lok Sabha  passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill.*

*Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill.*

Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill with 311 votes in favour and 80 against. It seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. Union home minister said - bill has accorded special status to a sportsperson who needs firearms and ammunition to practice and participate in tournaments.  Amit Shah is also scheduled to move the Arms Amendment Bill for passage in Rajya Sabha Tuesday. Amit Shah said  a decision on releasing detained political leaders, including three former chief ministers, in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken by the local administration and the central government will not interfere in the matter. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the government when political leaders, including sitting member and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, would be released. This bill seeks to enhance punishment for illegally possessing and making prohibited arms, besides other changes in the six-decade-old Arms Act.

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