Conrad Sangma: If CAB is passed, we will go against any government

Conrad re-elected NPP’s national president

SHILLONG, Feb 9: The National People’s Party (NPP) has threatened to cut off ties with the NDA coalition government in the centre led by BJP if it decides to ahead and pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Upper House of Parliament.

“The party has adopted a resolution to oppose the CAB which will be submitted to the Government of India. The party has also decided that if this bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha NPP will break away from NDA,” Chief Minister and NPP national president Conrad K. Sangma said.

This decision was taken during the National General Body Meeting (GBM) of the party held at Shillong on Saturday.

It may be pointed out that the NPP is in government in four states of the northeast – Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur which is led by the BJP, in Nagaland led by NDPP and in Meghalaya the party is leading the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition government with the support of the BJP and other regional parties.

When specifically asked if it won’t be too late in severing ties with the BJP in the centre after the Bill is passed, the NPP national president while not directly replying to the query said that as political leaders who are for the tribals of the northeast it cannot support the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

“If the Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha as leaders in the northeast we will go against any government. It (quitting the NDA) will have consequences but it is important to know the stand of the people of the region,” Conrad said.

The party has decided to contest 24 seats in North East in 2019 Lok Sabha election and the 60 seats in State Assembly election to Arunachal Pradesh.

“As a party we are keen to contest all the Lok Sabha seats in the Northeast. We will work out a mechanism and see how we can go forward.

We as party want to play a pivotal role in voicing the concerns of the people and provide them a common platform to champion the cause of Northeast,” he said.

The meeting had threadbare discussion on measures to strengthen the party in all the State of the North East for the upcoming election as well as formation of the party unit in the State of Assam, where the State Unit will be officially launched on February 17.

The GBM was attended by party functionaries from different parts of the North East, including representative from the national body comprising of leaders like Prestone Tynsong, Joykumar Singh Yumnam, Dr. DD Lapang, James Sangma, Dr. Lalrintluanga Jahau, Sashank Gataraj, Sonelal Kol, Inder Bahadur Pandey, S.K. Sarkar, amongst others.

All the States submitted reports with regards to political scenario during the meeting.

Meanwhile, Conrad was re-elected unopposed as the National President of the NPP for the second consecutive term during the National General Body Meeting (GBM) of the party held at Shillong.

The tenure of the office is for a period of three years, 2019 – 2022.

The GBM also passed the amended constitution of the party, financial report of the year 2017-18, and discussed at length regarding strengthening of the party for the upcoming parliamentary election and State Legislative Election for Arunachal Pradesh.

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