Shillong: Following widespread protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across Northeast, Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh, and will be leading a delegation of MLAs to Delhi to raise concerns over the contentious bill.
“As a government, we have taken the lead in opposing this Bill and we will continue opposing it. Now the situation is slightly different because the Bill has not been passed in the Rajya Sabha, and it is not a complete amendment yet. Therefore, right now we are waiting and watching what the government does,” the CM told the media on Tuesday.
“We have sought an appointment and we hope to get very soon within a week’s time,” Sangma added.
When asked if his National People’s Party (NPP) or the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government would pull out of the BJP-led NDA in protest against the Bill, Sangma said, “We are yet to take a call on that because the Bill has not been amended completely. When it is amended in full, then the situation arises, but it is not appropriate for me to comment right now.”
Two BJP members of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council -- Kurosh Marak and Sofiur Rahman -- quit the BJP in protest.
The Bill is expected to be tabled in Rajya Sabha during Parliament's upcoming Budget Session as members of the opposition strongly opposed it.
Sangma’s NPP is leading the ruling MDA comprising of regional as well as national parties including BJP, United Democratic Party, Peoples Democratic Front, Hill State People's Democratic Party, and Nationalist Congress Party, apart from Independent candidates.