NEW DELHI, Feb. 13 -- The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 died a natural death on Wednesday after the NDA government chose not to place it in Rajya Sabha for discussion and passage.

[The Bill is set to lapse on June 3 when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends as it could not be passed in Rajya Sabha that adjourned sine die on Wednesday, reports PTI. The Budget Session was the last Parliament session of the present government.]

The development leaves the ruling NDA government with the only option of bringing an ordinance replacing the citizenship Bill. But the possibility seems remote as the mood within the BJP is not to press ahead with the issue any further because they have lost the political initiative.

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