Meghalaya cabinet passes resolution opposing Citizenship Bill

Shillong, January 12: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA)- the coalition of political parties that formed government in Meghalaya after the Legislative Assembly election- which has two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers, has passed a resolution opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The ruling National People’s Party (NPP), the United Democratic Party (UDP), the BJP and the Hills State Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the opposition Congress, have voiced their opposition to the Bill.
The BJP, which has two MLAs in the MDA government has extended their support towards  the Cabinet decision.
“We are with the indigenous people. The state cabinet had unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the Bill and we are part of the government,” said a BJP leadership on the proposed bill.

The Cabinet passed the resolution during a meeting on Thursday.

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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.