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Agatha meets Shah reiterates exemption of M’laya from CAB

Agatha meets Shah reiterates exemption of M’laya from CAB
Agatha Sangma (File)
Correspondent SHILLONG/ TURA, DEC 11 | Publish Date: 12/11/2019 12:49:34 PM IST

Lone National People’s Party (NPP) MP, Agatha Sangma, who had voted in favour of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, met Home Minister Amit Shah seeking exemption of the Bill from Meghalaya and other North Eastern States.

“Agatha met the Union Home Minister Amit Shah today at around 11:30 AM to reiterate her demand to exempt Meghalaya and  the entire North Eastern region from the purview of CAB,” a statement said. The three-time Lok Sabha member representing Tura parliamentary constituency was accompanied by opposition Congress MP from Shillong parliamentary seat, Vincent Pala and other MPs from the region.

 “The Union Home Minister assured the delegation that he will look into the demands of the delegation and call back for further consultations,” the statement said, adding that Shah will again call a meeting to finalize the technicalities for exempting  the entire state of Meghalaya.

Tension prevails in Agatha’s parliamentary constituency over CAB

Tension prevailed in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, as civil society groups shouted slogans against the BJP-led NDA government and  Agatha Sangma. Civil Society groups comprising of Garo Student’s Union, Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People’s, A’chik Youth Welfare Organisation and Association for Democracy and Empowerment on Wednesday held a motor rally through the main thoroughfares of Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills and assembly constituency of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma  in protest against the central government for the passage of the Bill  The protesters also condemned Agatha’s extending support to the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, GSU has announced the observation of ‘Black Flag Day’ in the East Garo Hills district on December 12, which also coincides with the observation of the Death Anniversary of Garo freedom fighter, Togan Nengminja. Agatha has consented to be chief guest of the programme. “It is inappropriate that Agatha should be the Chief Guest when the observation is being made to honour a true Garo freedom fighter. She has betrayed not only the Garo people but the state and the whole of the NE,” the release stated. 

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