SHILLONG: United Democratic Party (UDP) working president, Bindo Matthew Lanong on Monday claimed that the party was the first to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“The UDP was the first party to bring to the knowledge of the public the fear and after effects of the Bill,” Lanong said.
According to him, the party even referred to the letter of then Governor of Assam, SK Sinha written in 1998 to India’s President about how illegal immigration from Bangladesh was affecting the State.
Accusing the BJP of offering the Bangladeshis to settle in India on a silver platter, he pointed out to the fact that the issue of Chakma and Bru refugees are yet to be settled.
“Why this craze to bring foreigners? What will happen to the country?” the UDP working president asked.
Lanong accused the BJP of aspiring to increase their “vote investment” through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Meanwhile, the UDP also clarified that its candidate from Laitumkhrah-Malki, Neil Antonio War will be contesting the upcoming Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) polls slated for February 27.
It may be mentioned that War is not keeping well since the last couple of months and has been released from hospital only last week.
“Initially, my family members did not want me to contest the upcoming polls. But due to pressure from my supporters I will certainly do so,” the UDP candidate said. UDP general secretary, Jemino Mawthoh condemned the propaganda by a section of people from Laitumkhrah-Malki constituency. He slammed his opponents for spreading rumours that he will not be contesting the district council polls due to his ill health. “People should not spread such rumours,” Mawthoh said.
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