SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma is leading a Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The team is leaving for New Delhi on Thursday.
“We are meeting them to lodge our unhappiness over the intention of the Centre for passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told the media on Wednesday after a Cabinet meeting on the Bill.
In May 2018, the Meghalaya Cabinet took a resolution opposing the Bill. The controversial Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. The Bill provides for granting Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis who fled Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan due to religious persecution and entered India till December 31, 2014.
It is significant that during the BJP’s national convention held on Sunday last at Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi, Meghalaya BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh, MLAs Sanbor Shullai and AL Hek attended the convention and later handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
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