‘No locus standi’: Govt on US Commission statement on citizenship bill

The Lok Sabha, late on Monday night, passed the contentious citizenship bill that grants citizenship to religious minorities from three Muslim-majority countries in India’s neighbourhood

The External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday said the statements made by a committee of the US government on religious freedom on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “inaccurate and unwarranted”.

In a statement issued on Monday, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that it was deeply troubled over the passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha.

“The statement made by USCIRF on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is neither accurate nor warranted. The Bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries,” the ministry said in a statement.