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NDA strategy still not clear

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Feb 4 - Uncertainty over the Government�s strategy on passing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 continues, with the NDA leadership sending mixed signals.

The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, on Monday finalised six bills for debate and passage during the Budget Session.

A Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting chaired by M Venkhiah Naidu on Monday morning finalised six bills including Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace Ordinance, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019, the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for discussion and passage.

Sources said that the government did not mention anything about the CAB. But the opposition MPs conveyed that only non-controversial Bills should be permitted to be discussed and contentious ones should be kept out.

After the meeting, Congress MP Bhubaneswar Kalita separately met the Naidu in his chamber and briefed him about the prevailing situation in the North-east underscoring the need to keep the Bill out for the larger interest.

Meanwhile, the government seems to have gone slow on the Bill though the Prime Minister yesterday stressed that CAB will be passed. In keeping with the Party�s strategy, the BJP has been quietly talking to various parties to get a sense of the House. The BJD (9), AIADMK (13), TRS (6) and nominated (4) are reportedly in favour of the CAB and the BJP floor managers are also wooing other smaller regional parties.

On the flip side NDA allies like Shiv Sena (3), Janata Dal (U) (6) and Akali Dal (3) have opposed the Bill.

On the other hand, BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial CAB was �very necessary� and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the North East.

Shah also said that the government had brought the Bill after much thought and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

�There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don�t� The fate of huge number of refugees can�t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,� he said.

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NDA strategy still not clear

NEW DELHI, Feb 4 - Uncertainty over the Government�s strategy on passing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 continues, with the NDA leadership sending mixed signals.

The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, on Monday finalised six bills for debate and passage during the Budget Session.

A Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting chaired by M Venkhiah Naidu on Monday morning finalised six bills including Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace Ordinance, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019, the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for discussion and passage.

Sources said that the government did not mention anything about the CAB. But the opposition MPs conveyed that only non-controversial Bills should be permitted to be discussed and contentious ones should be kept out.

After the meeting, Congress MP Bhubaneswar Kalita separately met the Naidu in his chamber and briefed him about the prevailing situation in the North-east underscoring the need to keep the Bill out for the larger interest.

Meanwhile, the government seems to have gone slow on the Bill though the Prime Minister yesterday stressed that CAB will be passed. In keeping with the Party�s strategy, the BJP has been quietly talking to various parties to get a sense of the House. The BJD (9), AIADMK (13), TRS (6) and nominated (4) are reportedly in favour of the CAB and the BJP floor managers are also wooing other smaller regional parties.

On the flip side NDA allies like Shiv Sena (3), Janata Dal (U) (6) and Akali Dal (3) have opposed the Bill.

On the other hand, BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial CAB was �very necessary� and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the North East.

Shah also said that the government had brought the Bill after much thought and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

�There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don�t� The fate of huge number of refugees can�t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,� he said.