Northeastern political parties oppose Citizenship Bill

BJP facing stiff opposition in North Eastern states due to its insistence to go ahead with its Citizenship Bill, ignoring sentiments and concerns of people in this region. At a time the party succeeded in making headway in the region by coming to power in almost all the states, except one state, directly or being a minor partner, the bill making several BJP ministers and leaders to face stiff resistance.

In a major setback to BJP, as many as 11 northeastern political parties came together today, against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and decided to appeal to the Central government to scrap the legislation.

The parties from seven states excluding Sikkim participated in a two-day convention and unanimously decided to oppose the Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the convener of the convention, said the parties will send a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind seeking a scrapping of the Bill which will “endanger the lives and identity of the indigenous people”.

The Bill was aready passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8 and Narendra Modi government is making moves to get nod of the Rajya Sabha in the forthcoming budget session.

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