GUWAHATI: North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) resolved to stall the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha where it is likely to be introduced in the next session.
The NECCC, headed by Mukul Sangma, had its meeting in Guwahati on Wednesday. Addressing the media after the meeting, Sangma said: “The BJP came to power in Assam with the assurance of protecting jaati, maati and bheti. However, now ostensibly the party has introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to destroy the Assam Accord. We’re going to do all not to allow the Bill get its passage in the Rajya Sabha.”
Sangma told the media that the meeting took three resolutions. The three resolutions are –
(i) The BJP has misled the nation on numerous issues and cynically indulged in the politics of polarization. That, Assam and the Northeast is simmering today as a result of the BJP’s politics of division and betrayal. Therefore, the NECCC hereby resolves to spread awareness about the threat posed by the BJP and also fight the BJP tooth and nail to save India’s secular and democratic ethos.
(ii) The BJP has systematically undermined constitutional institutional like the RBI, CBI and even the Supreme Court. Therefore, the NECCC hereby resolves to utilize every legitimate method to prevent the BJP from destroying the independence of these institutions.
(iii) The Narendra Modi Ministry has systematically cut down on funding for the north-eastern states of funds after coming to power in 2014. Therefore, the NECCC hereby resolves to demand that the Centre should restore the North-East Industrial Policy with an extended time-frame to compensate for the time of abeyance, and also that the 90:10 ratio of financial grants to the north-eastern states be restored immediately.
The meeting was attended, among others, by APCC president Ripun Bora, Leader of Opposition of the Assam Assembly Debabrata Saikia, AICC secretary Pradyut Debbarma, MP Bhubaneswar Kalita and other Congress leaders from the region.
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