Shillong: The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Monday passed a resolution urging the government of India to exempt the entire state including the areas not covered under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma introduced the resolution in the Assembly and expressed concern that the Act will give citizenship to illegal immigrants.
Sangma said that even though the Sixth Schedule areas are exempted from CAA, a portion of the state is. He mentioned that an area of 2 sq km is not covered under the Sixth Schedule which is the Shillong Municipality and the Cantonment — also called the ‘European ward’.
Sangma said that the said area should also be exempted from CAA.
The Assembly discussed the issue of CAA at length, and the opposition Congress took on the government over the issue.
MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh said that they should not allow the government of India to divide Shillong and that it was a dangerous thing allowing it to try and divide the state. Lyngdoh appealed to save the state from any division.
Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma echoed the same opinion that the government of India is trying to divide the state.
After much heated debate and with the time constraint, the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly passed the resolution to urge the government of India to exempt the entire state including the areas not covered under the Sixth Schedule from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
However, the Congress demanded a complete repeal of CAA.