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Will decide at appropriate time to snap ties with NDA: Conrad Sangma

Will decide at appropriate time to snap ties with NDA: Conrad Sangma
Conrad Sangma (File)
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 5 | Publish Date: 2/5/2019 11:43:21 AM IST

Meghalaya chief minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president, Conrad Sangma Tuesday said that his party will decide at an appropriate time on snapping ties with the NDA government over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. 

“We will decide at an appropriate time if the government goes ahead with the Bill in the Rajya Sabha,” Sangma said when asked on the demand of several groups to snap ties with the BJP over the amendment bill. 

NPP is supporting the BJP-led government in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. While the BJP is supporting the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government. 

In fact, Sangma along with other NE-based regional political parties had sought the support of several political parties not to vote in favour of the Bill if it is tabled in the Rajya Sabha. 

“We have met several leaders cutting across party lines at the national capital and had sought their support not to vote in favour of the Bill if it is brought in the Rajya Sabha. We are also in touch with leaders of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on the matter,” Sangma said. “We at the NPP along with several other political parties are totally against CAB as it will change the demography of the region wherein the identity of ethnic communities in the region will largely affected,” Sangma said.

On BJP’s deciding to table the Bill in the Rajya Sabha with the support of BSP and SP, Sangma said, “It is not confirmed yet ...our opposition to the Bill continues and we will continue to ensure that the bill is not passed.” 

Asked to comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi refusing to give him and other regional parties leaders for an audience to discuss the issue, Sangma said, “We have requested for appointment but Prime Minister’s Office has not be able to give dates...”

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