New Delhi/Guwahati, February 11, 2019
Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma on February 11th, 2019 reiterated his firm opposition against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and said that the Bill is anti-national and should not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.
A delegation of several political parties including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), NPP, students’ body on February 10th, 2019 reached the capital to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the Bill issue.
“We have been very clear on our stand that the Bill goes against the sentiments of the people of the Northeast (NE). The Bill is very much anti-national as it goes against every citizen of the country. Also, we always stressed the fact that this Bill is something that we cannot support. If this Bill is passed, we will have no choice but to reconsider our ties with the NDA,” said Sangma while speaking to the media here on February 11th, 2019.
He added, “We would request the government to reconsider their decision and not to pass the Bill in the Parliament. We are seeking support from other political parties against the Bill. The next two-three days are extremely crucial.”
The Chief Minister also said that the Bill brought the people of the Northeast together. “This shows the seriousness of the issue,” he further said.
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. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.