New Delhi, February 2, 2019
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders and Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party president Conrad K Sangma are likely to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 3rd, 2019 over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The representatives of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, Mizo National Front, United Democratic Party, Hill State People’s Democratic Party along with other 11 regional parties will also meet Singh on Sunday morning.
It may be recalled that on January 29th, 2019, a total of ten political parties of the Northeast including the Janata Dal (United) convened a meeting in Guwahati to clarify their stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and also to appeal to the Central government to scrap the legislation.
Assam along with other Northeastern states is on the boil after the contentious Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on January 8th, 2019 during the winter session of the parliament.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.