SHILLONG, Feb 3: Leaders of different regional parties of the northeast led by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma met Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh to expressed concern over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
According to Conrad, the delegation of regional party leaders from the northeast got a very positive response from the Union Home Minister.
“He (Rajnath Singh) mentioned that he is taking the sentiments of the people of the northeast in mind. The issue is important at the national level and it is also important to show that sentiments of the people of northeast are also taken into consideration,” Conrad quoting Singh said.
The Meghalaya Chief Minister also informed that the Union Home Minister mentioned that he will hold discussions and consultations with other organizations, political parties’ leaders, chief ministers on the issue and whatever decision is made or how to move forward will be only after detailed consultation with everyone.
Conrad said that the response of the Union Home Minister was a positive signal.
“So we are hopeful that our efforts that we have been making will bear fruits and we will try our best to ensure that the government does not go ahead with this bill and our opposition will continue,” he said.
Apart from Conrad who is the national president of the National People’s Party others who attended the meeting with Singh were AGP leaders, Atul Bora, Assam ex-chief minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Keshav Mahanta, Phanibhushan Chaudhury and Birendra Prasad Baishya.
Meanwhile, The Meghalaya Chief Minister also said that, the northeast regional parties will continue to reach out to other political parties in other parties of the country and seek their support to ensure that in case this Bill is brought for voting they should all unanimously vote against this Bill.
“But I am sure that government will take necessary action and I am hopeful that this Bill will not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha,” Conrad said.
He also said that, the regional parties of northeast recently had a meeting with the Biju Janata Dal (BJP) and expressed their concerns over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Conrad said that the BJD leaders in turn also expressed their concerns and said that the current bill in the current format will not be supported by them.
Later, in the afternoon, a delegation of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) leaders met, the Meghalaya Chief Minister at his residence in New Delhi.
Conrad informed that the NESO leaders thanked the different political parties who had taken the initiative to raise the issue concerning the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The Meghalaya Chief Minister also expressed his gratitude to all for taking up the issue concerning the people of the northeast.
“I think all the people of the region are very happy to see that not only civil society but all political parties and all came together and have started working and fighting for this issue. It is a very important issue and therefore seeing different political parties NGOs and student bodies coming together is a very strong signal about how the people of the northeast feel about this particular Bill,” Conrad said.