- A number of students’ organizations called on Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue
- Rajnath Singh’s response was positive, Conrad said
Guwahati, February 3, 2019
As many as eight student bodies from Northeastern states including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on February 3rd, 2019 called on the Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue and expressed strong opposition to the ‘contentious’ legislation that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government has been trying to implement.
The other student organizations are All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), TSF, NSF and AMSU.
Conrad Sangma in a tweet on his official Twitter handle stated as, “#CitizenshipAmendmentBill : #NESO delegation comprising of AASU, AAPSU, MZP, KSU, GSU, TSF, NSF, AMSU met me and other political parties, at my residence to express their opposition to the CAB, that concerns the #Northeast.”
#CitizenshipAmendmentBill : #NESO delegation comprising of AASU, AAPSU, MZP, KSU, GSU, TSF, NSF, AMSU met me and other political parties, at my residence to express their opposition to the CAB, that concerns the #Northeast. pic.twitter.com/lPNCnMhFAU
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) February 3, 2019
The Meghalaya CM told reporters that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s response to the delegation, that met the latter on February 3rd, 2019 over the legislation issue, was positive. “We expressed the concerns of the people of the Northeastern states and received a positive response from the minister. He (Rajnath Singh) told us that he has taken the issue seriously and discuss the draft law with other political parties and civil society organisations,” Sangma said.
BJP allies calls on Rajnath Singh
At least 10 allies of the BJP, all belonging to the Northeast, and Janta Dal (United) on February 3rd, 2019 called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to register their opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The allies include Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), National People’s Party (NPP), Mizo National Front (MNF), United Democratic Party (UDP) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).
Meanwhile, the Assam Finance Minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma on February 3rd, 2019 told the reporters that the saffron party will implement the Citizenship Bill to preserve the 500 years old civilization. “The BJP will implement citizenship bill to preserve the 500 years old civilization,” Sarma said.