SHILLONG, Feb 18: National People’s Party (NPP) leader and state Home Minister James K Sangma on Monday said that the party will again oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 the BJP tries to re-introduce it if it regains power post 2019 elections.
Speaking to media persons on Monday, Sangma said that the party will break off its ties with the BJP if the Bill is introduced again.
The Home Minister said, “We reiterate once again if the bill is passed then we would break ties with the NDA.”
Sangma threatened that come what may the NPP will oppose the Bill even as he pointed out that his party is clear on its stand that the amendment bill would be detrimental for the entire region and the people of the Northeast.
The state Home Minister also pointed out that the north east people have stood unitedly to fight against the Bill.
“Therefore, we must continue to oppose if the bill is brought back,” Sangma said.
The NPP on February 9 had resolved to sever ties with the BJP led NDA in the centre if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed in the Rajya Sabha. However the Bill could not be brought in the Upper House and is set to lapse as the House has been adjourned indefinitely.
It may be mentioned that on Sunday, BJP president Amit Shah during election rallies in Assam had assured that if the party regains power in the centre will bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.