The bill will amend a 49-year-old law to invalidate the claims of succession or transfer of property of those who left India. The opposition, including Congress, the Left, SP and JD(U), is against the bill on the grounds that it disadvantages Indian successors. But the government has countered this by pointing out that rights to properties lost by those who went to Pakistan, as is mostly the case, decades ago could not be restored now.
It wa s passed by voice vote in the RS despite the opposition demanding that the passage be deferred to next week, when more MPs would be present. There were very few opposition MPs in the House on Friday afternoon, all of whom walked out after the government insisted on taking up the bill for discussion.