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BJP govt opts against ordinance on CAB

NEW DELHI, FEB 20 (IANS): | Publish Date: 2/21/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Facing stiff opposition from its own allies in the northeast, the Modi government has opted against an ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill even as it approved four other ordinances at a meeting of the Union Cabinet on Tuesday.

There was speculation that the government may decide on promulgating the ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 which was not passed by Parliament in the Budget session of Parliament, the last session before the Lok Sabha polls.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha but not in Rajya Sabha where the Modi government lacks a majority.

Though Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, are eager to pass the bill which seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), its ally in Assam, had left the alliance over the bill and several other allies in the northeast had also strongly opposed the bill.

BJP’s Chief Minister in Manipur N. Biren Singh had also called for a review of the bill.

He had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with his party counterpart from Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu earlier this month to apprise him of the situation in their states in the wake of opposition to the bill and urged the Centre not to go ahead with it.

However, BJP chief Amit Shah had said in Guwhati on Sunday that the party will make the Citizenship Bill part of its manifesto for the next elections and pass it on return to power this year.

It remains to be seen if the BJP will tie-up with the AGP for the Lok Sabha polls since the latter had said it had broken with the BJP now over this bill but did not emphatically rule out an alliance “in the future”.

Amit Shah’s CAB remark irks state NPP

DIMAPUR, FEB 20 (NPN): National People’s Party (NPP) Nagaland state unit has expressed its displeasure over BJP president Amit Shah’s recent statement in Guwahati, where he promised to re-introduce and implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill if voted back to power in 2019.

In a press release, NPP Nagaland general secretary--IPR, Ricky Ozukum, appealed to the BJP leadership to be sensitive to the aspirations and welfare of the region considering the united voice of the indigenous people of the Northeast against the CAB.

NPP reiterated its stand against the introduction of CAB and any other issues that would be regressive for the Northeast region.

Further, highlighting the promise made by BJP in its election manifesto for Nagaland concerning the solution for the Naga peace talks, the NPP appealed to the central BJP leadership to be sincere in their commitment and expedite the Naga peace accord at the earliest and “not miss this golden opportunity since it has the required number in the Parliament”.


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