Dimapur, February 9: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reportedly declared that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 will be defeated in the Rajya Sabha.
He made the declaration at a meeting of all INC state presidents and CLP leaders at Delhi, which was represented by 29 States and 7 Union Territories, informed State Congress president K Therie in a press release.
The NPCC president said in the meeting NE state leaders also expressed opposition to CAB in one accord.
Therie said NE states also unanimously demanded for restoration of special category state status in view of bottle neck connectivity and continued internal disturbances. They further demanded that given opportunity, CAB should be scrapped.
“We also placed that NEC and DONER Ministry should be given autonomy in the Central Govt. making them full fledged departments,” he said.
Therie said he apprised the meeting that the top priority of Nagas is political solution to the 90 years’ issue through peaceful and constitutional means. “21 years of negotiation without solution is unreasonable. This position has pushed our people to pay taxes to 11 govts. Unemployment is another major problem we have today as there is no investment or development which is driving youth exodus in search of jobs outside the state. This has taken an unexpected toll on our youth with many stories ending in sadness,” he told the meeting.
Therie also informed that in view of opposition to CAB by regional political parties, realignment with like-minded political parties was also suggested in line with the strategy to bring all like-minded political parties, group’s and societies to fight the communal BJP.
Informing that the meeting was called in preparations for the ensuing Lok Sabha election, Therie claimed that the “Go back Modi” movement is very strong amongst the masses like never in the past. “The mood of the Nation has turned against Modi,” he added. (Page News Service)