Guwahati, April 12, 2019
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Shillong parliamentary seat, Sanbor Shullai said he would rather “kill himself than allow” the much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to be implemented in Meghalaya and other Northeastern states.
It may be noted, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on April 11th, 2019 said the BJP is committed to passing the Bill once the NDA returns to power after the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The BJP manifesto also mentions that the party will try to revive the Bill.
“The Bill will not be implemented as long as Sanbor Shullai is alive. I will kill myself. I will commit suicide than to allow the Bill to be implemented in Meghalaya and Northeast,” Shullai said after casting his vote on April 11th, 2019, as quoted by IANS.
The BJP leader said that he had earlier written to Modi, BJP central leaders and NGOs that Meghalaya and Northeastern states should be exempted from the Bill. “The Bill needs to be amended,” Shullai 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. The Bill lapsed in February after it failed to make it to the Rajya Sabha.
An FIR has been filed against Shullai for misconduct inside the polling booth 17-Kench’s Trace A on April 11th, 2019. A presiding officer on the instruction of the returning officer of Shillong Parliamentary Constituency has filed the FIR under SEction 132 of the Representation of the People Act for Misconduct Inside Polling Station.
Shullai has been accused of misbehaving with the presiding officer and giving a speech inside a polling booth.