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MDA Government to oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016

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Shillong, May 8: The Meghalya Democratic  Allaince (MDA) Government has decided to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 . The decision was arrived at during the  Cabinet meeting held at the State Secretariat on Tuesday.
Addressing newsmen soon after the meeting, the Deputy Chief Minister cum Government spokesman Prestone Tynsong said that after a detailed discussion we have decided to say a ‘Big No’ to the proposed legislation that aims at granting citizenship to ‘presecuted’ Hindus, Parsis, Jains, Sikhs and Christians  from Pakisatn, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The State Government’s outright decision came two days ahead of the Joint Parliamentary Committee arrival in Shillong to solicit public views from the stake holders on the issue.  Tynsong  referred to two provisos of the drafted Bill which the Government said will not serve the interest of the indigeneous people of the State.
“We cannot accept the clause that entails to the granting of migrants getting citizenship after residing for six years. It is dangerous to our people and that is the main reason that we are saying no to the bill,” stated the Deputy Chief Minister.   He also said that proper intimation will be officially made to the Committee during its sitting in Shillong.
The decision of the Government is expected to get accolades from the NGOs who have been raising the issue of influx/illegal migrants in the State for several years.

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