Shillong, January 9: Former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly, Mukul Sangma expressed his dejection over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha and termed it as the biggest betrayal to the nation.
In a video uploaded on his Facebook page, he said, “The Bill is the biggest betrayal to the people of the entire Northeast by the conspirators in New Delhi who because of their greed for power chose to not fight and protect the interest of the people.”
“The Centre should have taken all aspects into consideration before hurrying with Bill. If the Bill becomes an Act, it can further disintegrate the nation. The people of the North East stand united against this legislation,” he added.
He further added that no politician in his right frame of mind irrespective of his political affiliation in the Northeast is in agreement with this Bill.
The Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
“In the interest of indigenous people of the Northeast and the nation it is time for the leaders from the whole political spectrum particularly the regional parties to scrutinize and audit the intentions of BJP and RSS, and decide whether they would (still) like to be associated with such an ideology which divides and threatens the very existence of the people of the NE region and thus threatens the integrity of the nation,” Sangma stated.
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.
“The people of the Northeast have seen right through BJP’s agenda, and so did most of their allies. The vitiated environment created by this Bill has generated frustration, anger and will only alienate the people of the Northeast,” the former chief minister further said.