M’laya MLA threatens to quit BJP over CAB

Correspondent Shillong, Jan 31 | Publish Date: 1/31/2019 11:55:54 AM IST

Meghalaya’s BJP legislator, Sanbor Shullai on Thursday threatened to quit the party if Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) is passed in the Rajya Sabha.  

Shullai made the announcement before thousands of people gathered at a protest rally organised by the Confederation of Hynniewtrep Social Organisations (CoHSO) in Students’ Field against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The rally was also attended by former Urban Affairs minister Paul Lyngdoh, CEM of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Hispreaching Son Shylla.

“I have submitted a memorandum seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, but there was no response till date,” the BJP legislator said.

“I will again go to New Delhi on Tuesday to serve this ultimatum. If the Centre fails to act on the matter, I am ready to resign from the BJP because for me the interest of the indigenous people comes first. I am not afraid of the BJP, but I am afraid of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,” Shullai said.

Shullai also informed the gathering that he along with his party legislator Alexander Hek, who is a cabinet minister in the Conrad Sangma-led government, held an emergent meeting on Wednesday evening wherein they decided to give one more chance to the BJP to reply to them on the Bill. “If they (BJP) failed to reply, we will quit the BJP and return to becoming independent legislators in the assembly,” the former Deputy Speaker said.

Hek, who did not attend the rally, however did not commit if he will resign like Shullai from the party if the NDA government went ahead to pass the Bill in Rajya Sabha. “I appreciate the opinion of Shullai but I will take a decision after consulting the party,” Hek told journalists.

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