M’laya Assembly passes resolution urging Centre to keep state out of CAA

Correspondent Shillong, Mar 16 | Publish Date: 3/16/2020 10:11:39 AM IST
The Meghalaya Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging the Centre to exempt the entire state including areas not covered under the Sixth Schedule from the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019.
The government resolution was moved by chief minister, Conrad K Sangma on the second day of the budget session of the Meghalaya Assembly and it was passed through a voice vote.  
However, the opposition Congress disapproved the content of the resolution, and demanded that the resolution should urge the Centre to repeal the CAA.
The resolution said that the CAA has come into force on December 12, 2019 and the Act provides that it “shall not apply to tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution. The CAA applies to areas in the state not covered under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution, that is, the municipality of Shillong as define in Para 20 of the Sixth Schedule, and hence additional measures are required to protect and safeguard the interests of the tribal population of the state,” 
“Now, therefore, this House thanks the Government of India for exempting the Sixth Schedule areas of the state from the purview of the Act, and resolves that the Government of India be urged to exempt the entire state including areas not covered under the Sixth Schedule from the purview of the said Act,” the resolution said.
Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said that the CAA cannot be accepted and the Central government has justified the Act by distorting facts and history with regards to the partition of India. “It was justified by Union Home Minister (Amit Shah) that India was divided based on religious lines, but it was not. The fact remains that only those who agreed to be divided on religious lines they go to Pakistan, but not those residing in India. The people of Meghalaya and the North East as a whole are not accepting the CAA and when it was justified that the CAA is based on religious lines, they (Centre) will push through their agenda,” he pointed out.
However, the Chief Minister said that the state cannot reject a law passed by the Centre, but can urge upon the Union government to exempt the remaining two square km area from the CAA.
Sangma also said that anybody who sought Indian citizenship, should follow the original Citizenship Act and “which is not an invitation free for all.”
Informing that no individual has sought application to apply for citizenship under the CAA, Sangma said the state government wanted to get the entire state exempted from the CAA, and this is the most practical way to move the Central government to get this Act exempted.

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