Richard Marak: CAB highly divisive and discriminatory

SHILLONG, Feb 1: Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) president, Richard Mrong Marak said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is a highly divisive and discriminatory even as he added that it contradicts the government’s action with NRC in Assam.

“The implications of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016) are wide-ranging and need to be looked into not only from the lens of the state of Assam (as is the case right now) but through its wider implications for the Indian polity especially it’s incongruity with the inherently secular nature of the Indian state and Constitution,” Marak said.

According to him the indigenous Garo, Khasi, Jaintia people have traditional customary, residence and citizenship laws which needs to be protected and preserved.

Marak also said that the Meghalaya Youth Congress will fight till its last breath against the unconstitutional Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The MPYC president also said that it will not allow BJP and their flunkies the NPP and others to overrun Meghalaya with foreigners.

Marak also sought to know from the National People’s Party (NPP), who claim to be a party representing the indigenous people of the nation not doing anything in protest against the Bill.

“Why can’t they come to Delhi and protest against this bill which is clearly dangerous and will change the demography of the northeast states?” the MPYC president asked.

Marak alleged that NPP national president and Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma himself is a spineless, gutless agent of the BJP and in his greed for power will do anything his masters bid him.

“A puppet will do whatever his masters make him do. To save face he took a delegation to New Delhi to meet the PM regarding the bill, but laughably he was not entertained and his masters did not throw him a bone and they had to return without any photo opportunity of him handing over a piece of paper to the PM that he can share on social media,” Marak mocked at the Chief Minister.

According to Marak, Meghalaya needs a majboot sarkar (strong government) not a majboor sarkar (helpless government).

The MPYC president also said that North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) should be named as North-East Dangerous Alliance because the regional parties are being used by the BJP.

Marak said that the greed of power will bring down these leaders because the people will not forgive.

He alleged that The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is being introduced for people being prosecuted in other countries, not for the citizens of India.

“Before thinking about our neighbours, the first priority should be the people of India who still face different types of prosecution and discrimination. We do not want a Hindu nation, but a secular one, one which everyone has equal rights, isn’t this why we celebrate Republic Day every year? So why were the people of northeast not consulted before passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill? And how long will the leaders of NEDA keep meeting and threatening to resign?” Marak asked.

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