Faleiro: How can regional parties remain in NEDA after BJP’s decision to bring back CAB

SHILLONG, Feb 27: AICC General Secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, Luizinho Faleiro said that the Congress as per directive of its president Rahul Gandhi took up the cause of stalling the disastrous Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the Rajya Sabha.

It may be pointed out that Gandhi had met representatives of various student organisations and other civil society groups and had assured them that the Congress will always protect the rights and identities of the people of northeast. 

“The people of North East cherish certain values which are intrinsic to their culture, identity and tradition and the Congress party understands and respects these values and will leave no stone unturned to protect them,” Faleiro said in press statement issued to the media.

However, the AICC leader pointed out that on the other hand BJP president Amit Shah despite the popular sentiment against the Bill in the region and even after it was stalled from being tabled in Rajya Sabha , announced in a meeting in Lakhimpur that they will bring the Bill if voted to power in Lok Sabha elections of 2019.

Faleiro castigated the arrogance of the BJP president who is also the Chairman of NEDA (North East Democratic Alliance). 

“The agenda of the RSS and BJP is to impose its will on the people of northeast even when it goes against their interests and welfare,” the AICC general secretary said.

He questioned the other NEDA members like Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, on how can he still remain a part of the BJP after Amit Shah’s open support to the Bill.

“Isn’t it a deliberate punch on the face of Mr Sangma?  Does he not have any self respect? Is he then a part of the conspiracy to support the Bill clandestinely and show outside that he is opposing it?” Faleiro asked.

The AICC general secretary also questioned the moral right of all the other NEDA member parties who are still with NEDA even after Shah’s statement of swearing by the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Faleiro said these NEDA members cannot fool the people of North East with their opportunist politics.

He stated that if they have any values left and if they are truly concerned about the cause of the people of northeast the NEDA members would have resigned the very day Shah announced that the BJP will bring back CAB if voted to power in 2019.

The AICC General Secretary also said people of the region are politically conscious and matured and they will see through these sinister designs of the BJP and their unprincipled and power hungry partners who will go to any length to remain in power.

But, it may be mentioned that the United Democratic Party – a regional party of Meghalaya had said that it has severed ties with the NEDA.

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