Dual citizenship not permitted under Constitution, says Centre

  • The Central government made it clear in Parliament that dual citizenship “is not permitted” under the Constitution and the Citizenship Act, 1955.
  • This assumes relevance in the context of the request made by Governor of Tamilnadu , in his address to the Assembly, for the granting of dual citizenship to Sri Lankan refugees living in Tamil Nadu.
  • In various memoranda submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since mid-2016, successive Chief Ministers, including the current one, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, have made a reference to the demand.
  • The Tamil nadu government also informed that under the 1964 Sirimavo–Shastri Agreement and the 1974 Sirimavo-Indira Gandhi Agreement, 6 lakh Indian Origin Tamils (IOT) along with natural increase would be given Indian citizenship, while Sri Lanka would absorb 3.75 lakh persons.
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