SHILLONG/NEW DELHI, February 12: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has reiterated his opinion on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, stating that together with other political leaders of north-eastern parties, he is vehemently opposed to the decision of the Narendra Modi government to table the bill in the Rajya Sabha today.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, the Meghalaya chief minister said, “People from different walks of life have come together to oppose the amendment of this bill and we are still reaching out to different political parties to ensure that they vote against the bill. We are continuing to keep our stand. We will not allow this bill to be passed… We will continue to fight to ensure that this bill is not passed.”
When questioned on how politics has affected the decision, Sangma replied, “I think there is no politics in this. We are all here as citizens of North-east. Whether it’s political parties or NGOs or students, we have all come together because it is an issue that affects each and every one of us.”
Sangma was further grilled on his previous comments about his party’s reported decision to leave the NDA if the bill is tabled. He said, “If that happens, we will definitely reconsider our ties with the NDA but right now we are talking with other parties to ensure that the bill is not passed.”
On February 9, Sangma told mediapersons that NPP would exit the NDA if the bill is passed: “The National People’s Party has decided if the bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, the party will break its ties with the NDA. This decision was made at the general body meeting.”
Furthermore, Sangma said a resolution has been passed in this regard and will be submitted to the Narendra Modi government.
“The party took a unanimous resolution to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, and based on that decision, a resolution has been passed that will be submitted to the Government of India to oppose this nill and not to go ahead with it in Rajya Sabha.”
“I have been in talks with them but the decision will not be taken right now, but we have decided what to do if the bill is passed. So we will see.” (Agencies)