Meghalaya CM, Conrad Sangma reaches Delhi, seeking support of other political leaders in opposing the Citizen Amendment Bill, which is awaiting to be tabled in Rajya Sabha. It was previously passed by Lok Sabha on January 8.
He and his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga had earlier expressed their solidarity to the Citizen Amendment Bill by meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The bill which is likely to provide Indian citizenship to eligible migrants to 6 minority groups from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
There has been series of protests and violence in Assam and the neighbouring states against the Citizen Amendment Bill. Recently on PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Assam, people took to streets waving ‘Black banners’ as a sign of protest. All the states of NorthEast have been evident to ‘Bandhs’ day after day, by several organisations and groups opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Sangma told IANS, “I am leaving for New Delhi to meet leaders of those political parties who have promised us of their support… to oppose the Bill if it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha,”
He further said that his National People’s Party(NPP) had resolved to break its ties with the NDA government if the bill is tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
NPP is in alliance with the BJP-led government in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
It also support’s the People’s Democratic Alliance government in Nagaland and has BJP’s support in Meghalaya.
Sangma further said, “I have impressed upon the Central government about the northeast’s people opposing the Bill. The party cannot go against the wishes of the people. Moreover, the citizenship bill, once it becomes a law, will change the demography of the region and ethnic communities in the region will be reduced to a minorities.”
Conrad Sangma’s NPP and many other regional parties of the North East had sought the support of other parties and their leaders in order to prevent the bill being passed in Rajya Sabha.