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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The protests that hit India’s northeastern states, particularly Assam and Tripura, over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act have now reached Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The protests are occurring despite Home Minister Amit Shah claiming that CAB is not anti-Muslim.

    Hundreds of thousands of Muslims took to the streets in different parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Friday. They were sloganeering against the Narendra Modi government for passing the contentious CAB and over the proposed National Register of Citizens.

    In several cities in Uttar Pradesh, the Muslim protesters shouted against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that they won't stop and won't surrender. Around 32,000 Aligarh Muslim University students took to the streets in Aligarh city alone.

    While thousands of the protestors surrounded the Hussainabad Clock Towers in the State’s capital city of Lucknow.

    Despite heavy downpour, hundreds of Muslim protestors took out a march against CAB in the State’s Muzaffarnagar district.

    In another Indian state of Bihar, over 100,000 Muslims hit the streets in Gaya district and slammed the central government’s decision to make CAB into legislation.

    On 11 December, the upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act. It completed the legislative process for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, with Home Minister Shah asserting that Indian Muslims have nothing to fear as they will not be affected by the law.

    The Opposition termed the law, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday, as "unconstitutional", "divisive" and "an assault on the democratic and secular fabric of the nation".

    Several opposition parties are criticising the CAB, saying it discriminates against Muslims, while allowing persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians only from India’s neighbouring Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

    On the other side, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens. Maintained by the Government of India, it contains the names and certain relevant information for identification of the citizens. The NRC was initially, specifically made for Assam.

    Though the NRC is an offshoot of the Citizenship Act, 1955, both are fundamentally different. Despite both are linked to the subject of citizenship, the CAB is meant to grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims illegal migrants from India’s three neighbouring states. However, the other one the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is an exercise to differentiate illegal migrants from genuine citizens of India.

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