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11 Parties of northeast resolve to oppose Citizenship Bill

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the political parties convened by Sangma and AGP President Atul Bora here.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jan 30, 2019, 07.03 AM IST
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Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who was also present at the meeting, said that a resolution was taken to unanimously oppose the bill
As many as 11 political parties of the northeast have unanimously resolved to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

National People’s Party (NPP) president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and Mizo National Front (MNF) president and Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga attended a convention of political representatives in Guwahati on Tuesday.

“As we were opposing the bill at the state level, we decided to come together and speak in one voice,” said Sangma, who was the convenor of the meeting.

“We believe that the bill, if implemented, will threaten and endanger the lives and identity of the indigenous people of Assam and other parts of the region. The Bill is dangerous and harmful for us,” Zoramthanga said.

JDU, which was also present there, said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar will request PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to reconsider the bill. “Akali Dal and Shiv Sena are against the Bill. We will talk to them. If Congress votes against the bill in the Rajya Sabha, then it will not be passed,” JDU leader KC Tyagi said. He admitted that not voting against the bill in the Lok Sabha was a mistake.

“The convention has decided to appeal to the central government to reconsider their stand on the contentious bill. The convention has decided that a delegation of all participating political parties, along with other parties who supported the cause, would meet and apprise PM Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind and appeal them to scrap it,” Sangma said.

A committee has been planned to reach out to different parties to support the cause. “The convention has decided to meet again to chalk out the future course of action and the way forward,” the resolution of the realignment convention said.

Refraining to comment if NPP will continue to be part of NDA or BJP-floated North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Sangma said: “One has to understand we have come together and that it is issue based. We hope the government of India will understand the sentiment of the people of northeast. We have informed about this meeting to the NEDA convener.”

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