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BJP-backed Meghalaya government oppose CAB

Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 6 | Publish Date: 12/6/2019 11:03:14 AM IST

The co-ordination committee of the BJP-backed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government on Friday reiterated its opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which will be introduced in the parliament on December 11.

“We are not happy in the sense because we had made our stand clear to the central government to exempt the Bill from Meghalaya. But according to the draft Bill it is found to be applicable in some places that are outside the Schedule Areas of the state,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told journalists.

Tynsong also recalled that during the meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on November 30, that a delegation from Meghalaya had submitted a resolution signed by all stakeholders including political parties and civil society groups noting that they don’t want Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the state.

“If the Bill can be exempted in 96 per cent areas of the state, why not exempt the whole state from the applicability of the Bill,” the Deputy Chief Minister asked.

On Saturday, the Chief Minister had submitted a joint resolution adopted by the Meghalaya government, different political parties and members of civil society groups opposing the amendment of the Citizenship Act, 1955, to the Home Minister Amit Shah.

However, Tynsong said that they will write again to the central government opposing the Bill and that it should be exempted entirely in Meghalaya.

“We will request the lone National People’s Party MP Agatha K Sangma and opposition Congress MP Vincent H. Pala to express their unhappiness that we have,” he added.

T he six-party MDA coalition government comprises the National People’s Party, the United Democratic Party, the People’s Democratic Front, the BJP and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party, the Nationalist Congress Party , Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement  besides Independents.

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