Mukul Sangma lashes out at BJP govt on CAB

Correspondent TURA, DEC 9 | Publish Date: 12/9/2019 12:39:23 PM IST
Former Meghalaya chief minister and veteran Congress leader, Dr Mukul Sangma on Monday lashed out at the BJP led NDA government for failing to hear the various protestations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, of the indigenous communities of the north eastern region.
“We are disturbed that despite having demonstrated the resolve to protest the introduction of CAB, the NDA government has gone ahead and passed the Bill in the Lok Sabha. It appears they are determined to pass this Bill into an Act,” Sangma told reporters here. 
Sangma, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, said that the party would soon start a black badge protest on the passage of the Bill followed with further protests which will be decided on later dates.
“The concern of the people of the NE had articulated their concerns in a way that the government of the day can understand and they are able to take cognizance of the concerns and address these but they chose otherwise,” he said. 
However, the former Chief Minister expressed hoped that good sense would prevail on the matter so that the Bill was defeated in the Rajya Sabha.
“Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will have tremendous social impacts for the northeast and no matter what party we are from in the north east we are united in our opposition to it,” Sangma said. 
Informing that he was a part of the state delegation, consisting of political party leaders , civil society groups, governments during the meeting with Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, Sangma said the delegation were unanimous in their opposition to the controversial Bill. 
“We found that the entire exercise, involving all stake holders was only cosmetic. There are now attempts to camouflage the entire intention of the Bill in such a way that the people of the NE are protected through ILP and 6th Schedule, which are exempted. Its common sense that there cannot be 2 classes of citizens,” the former Chief Minister said.

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