CAB Protest: Ampareen asks govt to call all-party meet

SHILLONG, Nov 18: Congress legislator from East Shillong, Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh has urged the state government to call for an all-party meet in the wake of the Centre’s plan to bring back the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) during the winter session of Parliament which started today.

“I think that at this point of time it will be correct, for us to suggest that the Government of Meghalaya should immediately call for an all party meeting because I feel that we need to ensure that voice against the CAB is unanimous one and we ensure that the peace that we have been enjoying in the state does not take a set back,” she said.

According to Lyngdoh as a legislator in the state of Meghalaya she was deeply concerned about the fact that the CAB is now taking shape in a very definitive way.

“We are seeing now that the KSU is in a sit-in demonstration in the city and we are finally coming to terms with the fact that in the seeing that is currently being held in the Parliament the CAB will be a major agenda,” she said.

She also pointed out that to just say the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) has been put in place and it would attend to the fall out of CAB in general is insufficient.

Lyngdoh also said that one cannot take this for granted because the amended MRSSA is an ordinance which has not become effective.

“We have seen that the facilitation centres are still not operationalised we do not know whether the MRSSA would cover the threat that the CAB in general has. So as a responsible legislator I feel that the government of Meghalaya should immediately call for an all party meeting and give us a clear indicator as to whether or not the government of Meghalaya will protest the implementation of CAB in our state,” she added.

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