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Shiv Sena faces major 'Hindutva test' over Citizenship Amendment Bill in LS

Shiv Sena faces major 'Hindutva test' over Citizenship Amendment Bill in LS

New Delhi, Dec 8 (UNI) Shiv Sena, which recently quit BJP-led NDA dispensation and formed an alliance with 'secular forces' Congress and NCP, will face the first 'Hindutva' test on Monday and Tuesday when the Lok Sabha will debate the high-profile Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.

While its alliance partners principal opposition Congress and Sharad pawar-led NCP are likely to stand by their known stance and oppose the draft law which has seen enough resistance in the north east, Sena's parliamentary strategy will come for 'closer scrutiny' as it had backed the same earlier.

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims including Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and parsis among others from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who flee or have fled religious persecution in those countries.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the much talked about draft law between Question Hour and lunch break as the same has been listed in Monday's agenda also.

However, the draft lay may come for debate only on Tuesday, sources said.

Bringing an end to fierce post-polls political one-upmanship in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on November 28 was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the western state heading the three-party coalition regime.

Sena's decision over Citizenship Amendment Bill will be crucial as amid criticism that Sena has been forced to give up a number of pro-Hindutva issues including Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, Mr Thackeray had arrived at the swearing in ceremony donning a saffron Kurta.

The Common Minimum Programme announced by Sena, NCP and Congress - known for their diametrically opposite ideologies - pledged to uphold secular values "enshrined in the constitution".

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