Meghalaya’s Leader of Opposition speaks against Citizenship Amendment Bill, asks NDA friends to scrutinize BJP agendas

Shillong, Jan 6: Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Mukul Sangma on Sunday urged regional parties and those from the Northeast who are with the BJP to scrutinize and audit its intend and agenda while speaking against the move of the BJP-led NDA government to get the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament.

He even urged Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal to resign from the BJP and his post to send a clear message to Prime Minister, Narenda Modi that he is not going to be party to his “anti-people decision.”

Mukul made the statement after a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) here that discussed about the incident where 15 miners have been trapped in a coal mine in East Jaiñtia Hills district and the move of the NDA government to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to people belonging to minority communities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mukul who is the Leader of Opposition in Meghalaya said, “If regional parties say they are there to protect the interest of the indigenous people, it is time for them to scrutinize and audit the intent and agenda of the BJP and their comrades.

He also accused the BJP-led NDA government in Delhi of creating a vitiating environment in the Northeast and the whole nation.

“Did they not know the history, and the culmination of the Assam accord? The problem is the bankruptcy of knowledge about the huge diversity of this great nation. The people who are in Delhi like Narendra Modi do not know about the integrity of this great nation. When you put them at the helm of governance, this is what we see. Now this is the time for everyone to take a call. We know what will happen if this Bill is passed in Parliament and let us have the power to anticipate. We as policy makers must actually look at the fallout of every decision,” he said.

Mukul also said that North Eastern states are frontier states that insulate the national security and they (NDA) must understand the value and importance of frontier states and how anti-national forces always tried to make inroads into this region and engaged in their anti-national campaigns but these states had withstood the test of time and restored peace and stability which contributed to the integration of the nation.

A bandh in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill will be also organized in the whole North Eastern states by the North East Students Organisation on Tuesday.

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