Shillong, Jan 9: Former legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit today said that Meghalaya seems to be quiet when different parts of the country are continuing their agitations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
In a statement issued to the media, Ardent asked, “Is it because the people of the State are convinced that the government will implement ILP and that the CAA will not affect the indigenous people of the State?”
According to Ardent, thinking that the centre will implement ILP and CAA will not affect the indigenous will be a huge blunder because these are two different issues altogether.
Ardent further urge upon the indigenous people to continue with their struggle and intensify their agitations against this unlawful and unconstitutional act.
“It is ironical that the NPP MP from Garo Hills supported the passage of the CAB in the parliament whereas the Chief Minister of the State who is the president of the party expressed his opposition to it,” He said.
The former legislator also said that the BJP MLA from South Shillong Sanbor Shullai claimed to have strongly objected to the Citizenship Act when it was a bill and he had even expressed his willingness to commit suicide should the Bill be passed by the Union Parliament whereas the State BJP is now mobilizing support for the CAA.
The former legislator also demand from the Chief Minister to clarify his stand as the head of the government and as the president of the National People’s Party leading the government on the issue.
In his statement, the former legislator also said, “Therefore, I would like to demand from the government to clarify on the matter and come up with an official statement its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act. If the Kerela Assembly can adopt a resolution to not implement the CAA in its State what prevent our State legislature from replicating the same?”