Shillong, April 1, 2019
Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad K Sangma on April 1st 2019 clarifying the “misinformation campaign” of the opposition Congress regarding the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 reiterated that the party will continue to oppose the Bill in near future.
“Meghalaya was the first state in India to oppose the Bill and raise its objection. We took the initiative to unite different political parties of Northeast and made our voice heard in Delhi and ensured that the Bill lapsed in the Rajya Sabha,” Sangma exhorted while addressing a poll campaign in North and East Garo Hills.
The Chief Minister kicked off his chopper campaign to drum up support for former Union MoS Agatha K. Sangma for the Tura Parliamentary constituency.
Making a scathing attack on Congress and putting all rumours of NPP partnering with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ensure that the Bill is passed to an end, Sangma said, “The Congress is aware that they are not coming back to power. So they are saying that NPP will partner with BJP. The Congress party is well qualified from the University of lies, so they will continue to lie the people,”.
“We will remain true to our commitment promised to the people of Northeast and will never allow any Bill that would hamper the interest of our people,” he further added.
The NPP chief further went on to say that the people of Northeast has given due recognition to the NPP, after the Citizenship Bill lapsed at the upper house and that the larger section of the society in Northeast has given its testimony that NPP is the only party that can unite the voice of the region and made it heard in Delhi.
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.