New Delhi, February 1, 2019
Amid the widespread protests across the Northeastern (NE) states against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, senior Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut on February 1st, 2019 warned the government if corrective measures were not taken the situation could be worse in the NE than that in Kashmir.
“If the Citizenship Bill is passed, the situation in Northeast states would turn worse than Kashmir. The government has failed to control one Kashmir, how will they control seven to eight states? We cannot allow the passage of the Bill for the sake of the sanctity of the country,” said Raut while addressing the media persons here in New Delhi.
It may be mentioned that the Shiv Sena has decided to oppose the legislation following a meeting with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders.
A delegation comprising of 10 political parties from the NE on January 31st, 2019 flew to New Delhi to oppose the Bill and held a discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On January 31st, 2019, the delegation met Raut to discuss the after-effects of the Bill and sought his support for demanding to scrap of the Bill.
“We will continue to reach out to the political parties. The issue is not just about the Northeast but the whole of the country. We have sought an appointment with the Prime Minister to discuss the matter,” said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.