New Delhi: Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma on Friday led a delegation comprising all Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) partners of the ruling government in the state and called on Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The CM briefed the Union minister that all the six coalition partners including the United Democratic Party (UDP), People’s Democratic Front (PDF), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP), Nationalist Congress party (NCP) and independents were of the view that the Bill will disturb the social fabric of Meghalaya and the Northeast by posing serious law and order problems.
“The Citizenship Amendment Bill will affect North East to a large extent. The bill is against the spirit of the people of North East as this will have serious repercussions and will create law and order problems in the region,” Sangma said.
Tourism minister Metbah Lyngdoh said, “The bill has hurt the sentiments of the tribal people of Meghalaya and particularly the minority communities and the central leadership should reconsider the bill.”
Urban affairs minister Hamlet Dohling said, “There is resentment among the people of Meghalaya against the Bill that has been passed in the Lok Sabha. I urge the Centre to reconsider the Bill, which will create a lot of problem as it will affect the identity of our people.”
Health minister AL Hek said, “Everybody in Meghalaya is opposed to the Bill. I urge your good office to reconsider the decision and resolve a solution for the people of Meghalaya and the Northeast.” NCP MLA Saleng A Sangma said, “The Bill will finish the identity of the people of Meghalaya and will led to different social problems in the state.”
The meeting was attended by PWD minister Commingone Ymbon, PHE minister Samlin Malgniang, chairman of state planning board Lambor Malgniang, Renikton Lyngdoh, SG Mominin and government chief whip Marcuise Marak.
The CM, along with his Mizoram counterpart Zoramthanga, also had a detailed discussion with Singh to express concerns and dissatisfaction of the people of Northeast against the bill.
He told the media that all the chief ministers of the Northeast should come together to express their concerns on the issue and stand in unity before the central leadership for the welfare of the entire Northeastern region.